Muleshoe, Texas

Muleshoe, Texas

According to, Muleshoe, Texas is located in the panhandle of Texas near the New Mexico border. Geographically, it is largely flat with some rolling hills in the western parts of the city. The climate is semi-arid and mostly dry with hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature in summer months can reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and can dip down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in winter months.

The city of Muleshoe has a rich history that dates back to 1884 when it was founded by cattleman John Muleshoe. It was initially part of Bailey County but eventually became part of Parmer County after its formation in 1907. Since its founding, Muleshoe has been an agricultural hub, growing cotton and other crops throughout its history.

The politics of Muleshoe are mostly conservative and Republican-leaning. While there are no major political figures from the city, several local politicians have been elected over the years to represent their constituents at different levels of government.

Muleshoe’s economy is mainly supported by agriculture, with cotton being the primary crop grown in the area. There are also a number of businesses that provide goods and services to locals, such as restaurants, hotels, shops, and other services.

The city of Muleshoe has several K-12 schools within its limits as well as a community college campus located nearby providing higher education opportunities for locals who wish to pursue further studies beyond high school level.

Notable landmarks within Muleshoe include historic sites like Old Muleshoe Townsite Park which includes old buildings from 1884 when the town was first founded as well as various monuments dedicated to important figures from local history like John Muleshoe himself. The annual celebration known as “Mule Days” is also held each year during which parades and rodeos take place throughout town giving locals an opportunity to celebrate their heritage together with friends and family members from all over Texas

Population: 4,530. Estimated population in July 2020: 4,579 (+1.1% change)
Males: 2,181 (48.1%), Females: 2,349 (51.9%)

Bailey County

Zip code: 79347

Median resident age: 33.0 years
Median household income: $25,519
Median house value: $33,500

Races in Muleshoe:

  • Hispanic (53.3%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (44.1%)
  • Other race (31.6%)
  • Two or more races (2.8%)
  • Black (1.5%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (8.9%), English (6.8%), German (6.6%), Irish (6.6%), Dutch (1.7%), Scotch-Irish (1.3%).

Elevation: 3792 feet

Land area: 3.4 square miles

Muleshoe, Texas


Muleshoe, Texas is a small town located in Bailey County in the northern part of the state. According to the 2010 census, the population of Muleshoe was 4,168. The town has a diverse population made up of people from all walks of life. The majority of the population is white, followed by Hispanic and African American residents. The median age for residents is 36 years old and the median household income is $31,958. The unemployment rate in Muleshoe was 7% as of 2019.

The town’s economy is largely driven by agricultural production and manufacturing. Agriculture accounts for about 50% of all jobs in Muleshoe, with cotton being one of the main crops grown in the area. Manufacturing also plays an important role in Muleshoe’s economy as there are several factories located around town that produce items such as furniture and clothing. Additionally, there are numerous small businesses located throughout Muleshoe that provide goods and services to local residents. Education is also an important part of life in Muleshoe with two school districts serving the area: Muleshoe ISD and Whiteface CISD. Both districts offer students a comprehensive education that prepares them for college or career opportunities after graduation.

For population 25 years and over in Muleshoe

  • High school or higher: 60.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.1%
  • Unemployed: 10.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 16.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Muleshoe city

  • Never married: 20.7%
  • Now married: 59.3%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 11.0%
  • Divorced: 7.1%

12.5% Foreign born (12.3% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +1 (+0.0%).


Hospital/medical center in Muleshoe:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Muleshoe:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Muleshoe:

  • CANNON AFB (about 42 miles; CLOVIS, NM; Abbreviation: CVS)
  • LUBBOCK INTL (about 75 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: LBB)
  • AMARILLO INTL (about 99 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Abbreviation: AMA)

Other public-use airports nearest to Muleshoe:

  • MULESHOE MUNICIPAL (about 8 miles; MULESHOE, TX; Abbreviation: 2T1)
  • CLOVIS MUNI (about 27 miles; CLOVIS, NM; Abbreviation: CVN)
  • BENGER AIR PARK (about 30 miles; FRIONA, TX; Abbreviation: Q54)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Muleshoe:

  • EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 43 miles; PORTALES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,955)
  • SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE (about 48 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,851)
  • WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 70 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
  • TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 76 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)
  • WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 77 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
  • AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 88 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
  • MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 158 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)


Public high schools in Muleshoe:

  • MULESHOE H S (Students: 408; Location: 514 W AVE G; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • P E P (Students: 6; Location: 514 W AVE G; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Muleshoe:

  • DILLMAN EL (Students: 425; Location: 514 W AVE G; Grades: PK – 02)
  • MARY DESHAZO EL (Students: 339; Location: 514 W AVE G; Grades: 03 – 05)
  • WATSON J H (Students: 307; Location: 514 W AVE G; Grades: 06 – 08)


Library in Muleshoe:

  • MULESHOE AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $108,210; Location: 322 W 2ND ST; 21,448 books; 559 audio materials; 398 video materials; 48 serial subscriptions)