When families move to Longview, they will find amenities to fit most everyone’s needs. The rich arts and cultural offerings provide a perfect way to connect!
Our vibrant creative community works to inspire and promote the love of the arts, our history, and culture. We pursue innovative opportunities that enhance our quality of life and benefit a thriving cultural arts community. You’ll want to join in and begin celebrating the art and soul of Longview by getting involved with Downtown Live, the Longview Symphony, ArtWalk, the East Texas Symphonic Band, Longview Museum of Fine Art, WOW Children Museum, The Gregg County Historical Museum, ArtsView Children’s Theatre, Theatre Longview, and more!
Longview believes in linking local needs and resources. Connect Longview is 100% volunteer based. The City of Longview will match and make referrals, establish workdays, then inspect the properties for compliance after the word day is completed. Connect Longview also encourages sustainable solutions to keep properties from recurring violations.
Broader connections can also be made through area churches, non-profits, and agencies. The Greater Longview United Way is great way to make a difference and build relationship while helping assess current and emerging community needs. The Greater Longview United Way believes in uniting the caring power of community, working with many helpful hands to create real and lasting change.
The City of Longview also offers great opportunities to make connections and build new friendships by volunteering with parks and recreation department, animal care and adoption center, the public library and more!
There are a variety of housing options – As of November 2019, Forbes.com reports the median home price is $163,000 which is significantly below the national average of $231,200.
The median rent price is $819 per month, which is considerably lower than the Texas median of $987, and the US median of $1,012 (based on 2019 data). In addition to lower than average rent, you can also expect to find a rental with more square footage than many other U.S. cities. Residents who reside in apartments as of June 2020, will find the average rent for an apartment in Longview was $773. One-bedroom apartments in Longview rent for $767 a month on average and two bedroom apartment rents average $799.
The combined sales tax rate in Longview is 8.3% which above the US average of 7.3%
However, in Texas:
- Grocery Treatment (food products) are tax exempt.
- No state income tax.
A RICH HISTORY.
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Electric Service: AEP/SWEPCO – 1-888-216-3523
Water & Sewer Service: City of Longview – (903) 237-1000
Gas Service: ATMOS Energy or CenterPoint Energy – (903) 242-4830
Internet/Cable Service: Longview/Kilgore Cable – (903) 220-0618
Waste Disposal: City of Longview and Republic Services – (800) 678-7274
Transferring Driver's License
To transfer your driver’s license to the state, you must visit any Texas Department of Public Safety centers within 90 days of moving to the state. You will have to pass a vision test, and show proof of identity, residency, and citizenship. Drivers license services are now available by appointment.
Registering Your Car
Welcome to Longview! If you are new to the Lone Star State, you will need to register your vehicle within 30 days. Be sure and bring your vehicle inspection and proof of insurance. You will also need to have your vehicle inspected with a certified Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) inspection station. This too will require your proof of insurance.
To register your vehicle you will go to the Gregg County tax- assessor’s office at the Courthouse; 101 E. Methvin St., Suite 215, 903.758.6181. You will need your insurance card, proof of vehicle inspection, and proof you own the vehicle. First time Texas residents will need complete the Form 130-U.
The base registration fee in Texas is $50.75 plus $1 for TexasSure, the electronic insurance verification program and other Department of Public Safety initiatives. So, total state registration is $51.75 but counties may add other fees to this cost. The state portion of your vehicle’s inspection fee will be due at this time. As a new resident, you also will pay sales tax-related fees required by the state’s Comptroller of Public Accounts. Sales tax fees on a vehicle can be $90 or the difference between your previous state’s sales tax and the Texas sales tax.