Abilene is a frontier town steeped in history but with a thoroughly modern outlook. It’s the hub of a 19-county area on the eastern cusp of West Texas known as the Big Country.
With deep roots in ranching and agriculture, Abilene today has a diverse economy that includes manufacturing, health care and education. Its low cost of living and abundant employment opportunities are attracting young professionals who come for jobs and stay for the vibrant culture and sense of community. It is home to four universities, multiple parks, a zoo and a historic downtown experiencing a revival of small businesses, restaurants, breweries and distilleries, all of which make Abilene a great place to live.
Abilene’s blood runs red, white and blue. Dyess Air Force Base is not only the city’s largest employer, it’s also a point of pride. A key recognition formerly known as the Air Mobility Command Community Support Award was renamed the Abilene Trophy because the town won so many times for its support of the local military community.
Cowboy culture is alive and kicking in Abilene, where ranching and rodeo are still a way of life. Country music, swing dancing and mesquite-grilled barbecue are signature West Texas flavors, but you’ll find plenty of other things to do, including a vibrant arts scene with museums, galleries, a historic theater that hosts touring Broadway productions and a philharmonic orchestra. Known as the Storybook Capital of America, the city is sprinkled with life-size sculptures of beloved storybook characters.
It’s a draw for families and young professionals alike. “There is this young energy here that is very contagious,” says resident Holly Bearden, 26, who works in radio. “I’ve met people that are passionate about making Abilene a great place to live. Everyone is Team Abilene and very proud to be a part of what it has become.”
- Average Commute
- 14.8 minutes
- Median Home Value
- Median Household Income
- Total Population
- Walk Score
- Median Property Tax