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Pros

-Historic/cultural interest
-Small-town atmosphere
-Cost of living

Cons

-Low incomes
-Recreation
-Isolation


What Bert Has To Say About Abilene Metro Area


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 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.


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Quick Facts About Abilene


    ECONOMY
    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.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Abilene's cost of living is 17.30% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Abilene's population is 118,484 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.71 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Abilene is $95,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 5.60 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    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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Abilene
Grew up in the Houston area and went to college at ACU. I just moved back to Abilene after 2 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and 8 in Houston. Upon first glance,... (read more)
Single scene is lacking for over 30
I have lived here for five years being stationed at Dyess AFB. I love the sense of community here and the first I noticed was how friendly the people were. I have... (read more)
Comfortable, Easy Living
Cost of living is low, pace of life is easy, climate is mild, people are... (read more)
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