Alice is a city in and the county seat of Jim Wells County, Texas, United States, in the South Texas region of the state. The population was 19,104 at the 2010 census. Alice was established in 1888. First it was called Bandana, then Kleberg and finally Alice after Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg, the daughter of Richard King, who established the King Ranch.
Today, Alice's economy is centered on the drilling industry with more than 100 different oil field companies located around the Alice area. Alice is called the "Hub City" due to its geographical location between Corpus Christi, McAllen, Laredo and San Antonio. Alice's location between these cities makes it an ideal Center for distribution. Some major oil companies in Alice are Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Inc., Weatherford International, and Alice serves as the headquarters for the Grey Wolf Drilling Company South Texas division. As of 2009 Alice has a unemployment rate of 6.30 percent when the U.S. average was 8.50 percent. Recent job growth has been negative and the number of jobs in Alice has decreased by 1.10 percent.
Alice and its surrounding areas have an abundance of wildlife, so hunting, fishing and bird watching are favorite activities, and there are wild game hunting leases available through Texas Parks and Wildlife. Golfers have two courses to choose from in the Hub City, with the Alice Municipal Golf Course being the larger with 18 holes, long fairways and water hazards. The other is the 9-hole Alice Country Club golf course east of town.
- Coastal Bend College provides vocational and academic courses for certification or associate degrees. The college also works with local business and industry to customize training and education classes for employees.
- Texas A&M University-Kingsville (in Kingsville)
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (in Corpus Christi)