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Overview
Population:118,484
Pop. Change:5%
State: Texas
Metro Area: Abilene Metro Area
County: Taylor County
City:Abilene
Zip Code:79605, 79601, ... 7 total
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Abilene's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Abilene Metro Area

Profile: Small city

Location: North-central Texas, 185 miles west of Dallas

Elevation: 1790

Time zone: Central Standard Time

PROCON
Historic/cultural interestLow incomes
Small-town atmosphereRecreation
Cost of livingIsolation

Abilene is a former watering hole and junction where the Chisolm Trail met the railroad. Today the area is largely supported by agriculture but also has some minor manufacturing, three small colleges and universities, and nearby Dyess Air Force Base. The town has a good set of arts and cultural amenities for a town its size, and has been recognized for its use of the arts to preserve and revitalize the historic district. Downtown is typical Texas western, with an attractive if plain mix of older and newer buildings. Good residential areas surround the town, with the strongest lying south and southwest. Cost of living at 80 is very attractive, and the summer climate is better than most areas of Texas. Regional air service closes the gap somewhat, but otherwise it’s a long haul to other cities.. Abilene has a good balance of qualities and represents typical, small-town Texas life.

To the north and west lie the southern Great Plains, and to the south is the Texas Hill Country. Cattle, occasional crops, and low hills to the south and west dot the mainly level and treeless landscape. The climate is variable. The area borders a humid subtropical climate to the southeast and the semiarid Great Plains to the north and west. Summers are hot and generally dry, with periods of thunderstorms more likely in late spring and early fall. In winter, northerly cold air battles moist warm air from the south; sudden below-freezing temperatures and wind mix with intermittent periods of mild weather. First freeze is early November, last is late April.

Interesting Facts about Abilene, Texas

As of 2014, Abilene's population is 118,484 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.71 percent.

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The median home cost in Abilene is $95,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 5.60 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Abilene's cost of living is 17.30% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Abilene public schools spend $9,129 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.9 students per teacher in Abilene.

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The unemployment rate in Abilene is 3.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Abilene jobs have Increased by 0.41 percent.


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Map Of Abilene

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Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Abilene's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes