Our Town Wolfforth: Population expected to double by 2030

Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 9:39 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2023 at 9:05 AM CDT
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WOLFFORTH, Texas (KJTV) - Wolfforth’s current population is listed at 7,800 residents. In seven years, that number is expected to rise to 15,000.

Danielle Sweat, executive director for the Wolfforth Economic Development Council, says a partnership with Lubbock has helped her town tremendously.

“Wolfforth would not be successful without Lubbock. That’s just the truth of the matter,” she said. “And, so looking at ‘How do I make sure my businesses are successful? How do I give them the support that they need if they want to be an entrepreneur in the City of Wolfforth?’ I’m going to have to turn to Kay McDowell with the Chamber of Commerce in Lubbock and say ‘Tell me how to help this person build their business’, she has been a huge partnership for me.’”

A potential water crisis was solved, as a result of said partnership.

“I’m excited for the residents in Wolfforth, because there are some good things that are coming in the next couple of years that they’re going to be excited about because of that partnership with Lubbock,” Sweat said.

“They’ve tied to the City of Lubbock, they’ve made some really really big strides in making sure that Wolfforth is stable to take care of that for the long term,” Robert Wood, with West Texas Land Guys, said. He foresaw this growth several years ago.

“I joked with the Wolfforth City Council several years ago ‘If you don’t see the freight train coming at you down Brownfield Highway, you better get ready because here it comes’. Obviously, there was some water issues that we’re working on fixing, that have gotten fixed. The Wolfforth leadership has kind’ve turned to where they’re ready to accept it,” he said. “It’s a great option. It used to be it was so far out, now it’s literally tied. Those Frenship schools are on neighborhoods that we built that are also right on the edge of Lubbock and Wolfforth. It’s just they’re joined together.”

While there are definite challenges, city leaders are excited about the future.

“I love that I get to support the community. I love that whether it’s industrial or manufacturing or something that has to do with quality of life, from looking a boutique to a restaurant,” Sweat said, “This is fun!”

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