Lubbock is located in the northwestern part of Texas in an area known as Llana Estacado which is Spanish for “staked plane”. Lubbock is the seat of Lubbuck county and had a population of 209,737 at the 2005 census estimate, while the Lubbock metropolitan area had a population of 257,663. The city has the nickname of the “Hub City” due to it's status as the hub of economy, health care and education for the South Plains region.
Lubbock's economy is largely dependent on agriculture; this region is the largest contiguous cotton-growing area in the world. Another of the city's main employers is Texas Tech University, which is located there along with several other colleges and universities such as South Plains College and Wayland Baptist University. Located on the Texas Tech Campus is the Southwest Collection- an archive of the region's history. Other historical points of interest can be found through the National Ranching Heritage Center, the American Wind Power Central and Windmill Museum and the Silent Wings Museum which has artifacts and pictures from WWII aerial gliders.
Joyland Amusement park is located in Lubbock, within the Mackenzie Park. The Depot District is a hot spot for music and nightlife. Many of the buildings there have been remodeled from the original railway depots and now house upscale restaurants, theaters, pubs, nightclubs and other attractions. Buddy Holly, a rock and roll legend, was born in Lubbock; there is a museum dedicated to his life, and the annual music festival is named after him. Other festivals and big events in Lubbock include the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration as well as an Independence Day festival which is one of the largest free festivals in Texas.