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Marfa is a city in Presidio County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for one of Fyodor Dostoevski's fictional characters. However, there is some dispute about whether the name is a reference to Crime and Punishment or to The Brothers Karamazov; both books include a character named "Marfa"

The latitude of Marfa is 30.307N. The longitude is -104.018W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,685 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 2,029.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$24,712
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Marfa demographic reports
Marfa is near the Davis Mountains
Established as a water stop on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad

Installed the first traffic light in Big Bend Country

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1985 movie, "Fandango"
· 1956 movie, "Giant"
Local festivals include:
  • Marfa Lights Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
Dates often change. Check Marfa web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Big Bend National Park
Marfa attractions: Cibolo Creek Ranch
Historic sites and museums: Presidio County Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Marfa demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Presidio County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 79843 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

6% of Marfa residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Marfa ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Marfa was $14,636, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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19% of Marfa residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Marfa, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $225.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $650.


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Libraries in Marfa include Marfa Public Library ... View libraries

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Presidio County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Marfa political report.

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The average commute time for Marfa workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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