Abilene, once rated in the top 100 best cities to live in, certainly is interesting. It is also known for its large number of churches per capita. Overall, the city (which has a small-town attitude) is an okay place to live if you are retired. Home to Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene has many residents who are transplanted. It is also home to three Christian based Universities: Abilene Christian University (Church of Christ), Hardin-Simmons University (Southern Baptist) and McMurry University (United Methodist).
Unemployment rates are high for the size of the city. Most jobs available are those in retail or fast food. In the last 3 years, the Abilene Independent School District has had to close down a particularly large number of elementary and middle schools due to families leaving the city. Most families have had to move to larger cities in search of better paying jobs to raise families.
On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the best), I would have to rate Abilene as a 4 of best cities to live in - due to its unemployment rate, poverty level, and lack of culture.