Abilene, TX

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Abilene, TX

About Abilene, TX

Abilene, Texas is a city in West Central Texas that offers plenty of activities for all ages. For those looking to get outdoors there are several parks and recreation areas for hiking and biking. The area also offers art galleries, theater performances, and performances by the local symphony. Education is top-notch here with McMurry University and Hardin-Simmons University both calling Abilene home. Shopping and dining experiences range everywhere from traditional cowboy stores to fine Italian dining. Whether you’re looking for a place to call home or just want some entertainment, Abilene won't disappoint! Small city - North-central Texas, 185 miles west of Dallas.

State: Texas
County: Taylor County
Metro Area: Abilene Metro Area
City: Abilene
Zip Codes: 79605 79601 79602 79606 79603 79607 79699
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 1790 ft above sea level

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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Abilene Cost of Living

Historic/cultural interest, small-town atmosphere, and cost of living make Abilene a great place to live.

-95.0% lower than avg
-26.7% lower than avg
$871 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-31.8% lower than avg
Abilene Crime
57.4 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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I've lived in 9 states, traveled over much of the U.S., and Abilene TEXAS is by far the best city I've ever lived. I find it beautiful here, love the climate and low  More

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Over 4 years ago

We moved to Abilene for a military assignment and have never got out of here. We stayed initially for children and grandchildren then elderly parents. Now we can't  More

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I've lived in Abilene for the last 45 years and It's the best place to raise a family. Great churches, schools, jobs and sense of community. There is always something  More

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