Located in the heart of east Texas along Interstate 80, Longview is one of Texas' most sought-after communities because of all the amenities that this charming city has to offer. With its upscale fine dining, historic downtown, and fantastic, family-friendly festivals, it is no surprise that Longview apartments for rent have become such a hot commodity in the Lone Star State. With a growing population of more than 80,000 residents, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, there is no better place to be part of a tight-knit community but still have everything a larger Texas town has to offer.
After the Southern Pacific Railroad came into the areas of east Texas in the early 1870s, the city of Longview began to take shape. Rumor has it that the new settlement got its name because the original founder, Ossamus Hitch Methvin, had an impressive view from his new home. Due to the discovery of crude oil in the 1940s, the city doubled and continued to grow as the years went on.
Today, the city of Longview enjoys many distinctions and awards, including being recognized in 2008 as a Certified Retirement Community, attracting seniors from all over east Texas because of the strong local economy, low cost of living, and excellent healthcare. A diverse community, Longview was also recognized as one of the country's "100 Best Communities for Young People" in 2011 because of its excellence in the fields of health, education, and youth-serving organizations.
One of the city's most prized events is the Great Texas Balloon Race. Originally a lighting of tethered balloons as an evening event for locals on Friday and Saturday nights, the race has turned into an annual event that attracts residents from all over the Lone Star State.
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