Population: 122,612Median home value: $101,500 83 Ranks better than 97% of areas
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A+ Abilene Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Abilene Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than Texas
8812% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Abilene cost of living
D- Abilene Crime Total crime is 5% lower than Texas
Total crime
2,8474% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 364% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-42%Year over year crime is down
Abilene crime
D+ Abilene Employment Household income is 19% lower than Texas
Median household income
$44,10820% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,62128% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%30% lower than the US average
Abilene employment
B+ Abilene Housing Home value is 29% lower than Texas
Median home value
$101,50045% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$81614% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%16% lower than the US average
Abilene real estate or Abilene rentals
A- Abilene Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
75%9% lower than the US average
School test scores
73%49% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:120% lower than the US average
Abilene K-12 schools or Abilene colleges

Living in Abilene, TX

Abilene, Texas is a moderately-sized city with a population of 122,612 people. According to the most recent Census, 76% of Abilene residents are White, 10% Black and 2% Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Abilene are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 15% of the population also speak Spanish. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Abilene residents is 31. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Abilene might be a good fit as 71% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 62% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Abilene could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Texas if you know where to look. The best areas in Abilene and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Texas and national averages.

Using data and statistics Abilene has received a livability score of 83 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 97th percentile when compared to all other cities. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Abilene could be a great choice! Abilene also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Abilene has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), cost of living (B+), weather (B), education (A-) and housing (B+). Regrettably for Abilene, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Abilene on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Abilene: Abilene Zoo, Frontier Texas!, and Prime Time Family Entertainment Center.

Knowing that the Abilene schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 73%, which is far higher than the national average.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Abilene apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Abilene. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Abilene are affordable. Median real estate prices in Abilene come in at $101,500, which is 28.9% lower than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Abilene, the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 11.5% lower than the Texas average. Real estate appreciation rates in Abilene are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Abilene homes comes in at 4.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 6.4%.

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Abilene what a wonderful shithole

Abilene Texas…Never heard of this town until I took a job here, and after looking back on my decision I can now say this is the worst decision of my life. I have lived in some shit hole towns before across America and even across the world but after living in Abilene I can say they place first in “biggest fuck hole of the universe”. Let me explain why it’s such a shit hole before you start judging my harsh comments towards this enigmatic “city”.

There are two things that make this city what is it and that is the people and the location. Never before did I care so much about location until I came to Abilene and never before was I so bothered by a city’s people before I came to Abilene. The location itself is in the butt hole of Texas which is the middle of fucking nowhere. You will no matter what drive a minimum of three hours to anywhere decent or worth visiting for food, entrainment, etc. The city itself has absolutely nothing to offer as far as restaurants, night life, sight-seeing, etc. unless you count copper creak and the tap house it’s the only two things worth eating at for decent food that won’t give you diarrhea for weeks. I could go on how there is nothing to do in Abilene but you can see that for yourself on google maps.

Now on to my favorite part of Abilene that makes it such a fucking disaster and nightmare to live in and that is the people of Abilene. My favorite saying, that actual attracted to me to Abilene, was the famous “it’s not the location that makes Abilene it’s the people, the people are just so nice and friendly here”….well fuck me side ways you should have substituted nice and friendly for dumb as shit and mental retarded. I swear between the people you meet at work to the contactors you hire to the customer service representatives at any establishment in Abilene will tempt you to bite the end of that barrel each night just for a some comfort in ending the traumatic experience of knowing anyone from Abilene Texas! I could write a fucking novel on how stupid the people are in this town. It’s absolutely unbelievable the shit they get away with here because they just have so much inbreed genes in them they can’t comprehend common sense.

Anyway if your reading this comment and are on the verge of moving to Abilene Texas because of the PEOPLE please do yourself a favor and kick whoever the fuck told you that straight in their dick or vag and thank me on this post because I am saving you a trip to the psych ward or worse.
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Dismal Cataclysmic Abilene

People are extremely rude here, and openly prejudiced. I would say the word is Katagelasticism. Unfortunately, those who think themselves to be better than others.
  • 2 -1
Nothing here for anyone

No nightlife. No outdoor activity. No decent clubs, places to shop or anything for the kids. Roads here are terrible and full of potholes, the planes from the air base are so loud you wonder why you moved here. There’s nothing to do but go to church, go eat crappy fast food, or buy beer and stay home. The lake near here is muddy and smells bad. The few parks are ugly and have nothing to offer. Shopping is a joke because the stores here have no selection at all. Wish there was something good to say...
  • 4 -1

If you like awful tasting food, very little to do, around a lot of nice people, Abilene is the place for you. To top it off, shopping is pathetic yet advertisements encourage people to shop Abilene. The city is paving new roads for the wealthy parts of town, yet there is a beautiful, historic area all around the downtown that has dilapidated. Downtown could be a lively mecca, and there is so much potential for building fun activities, yet nothing.
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Historic Abilene, Texas

While traveling out west last summer we decided to make a day stop in the city of Abilene, Texas. Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised with all the historical sites and attractions the city had to offer. There were several interesting things to see and do.

Our first place to visit in Abilene was the downtown area. There were three great museums, the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, Frontier Texas and the Grace Museum, all within walking distance of each other. Our favorite was Frontier Texas as it offered panoramic scenes of the real old west.

In the afternoon we visited the Bone Gap Historic Village. This was really a treat as the entire village was like going back in time. It was interesting to see how it would be to live in the early nineteen hundreds.

We saw many interesting shops and restaurants in Abilene, too. I also noticed that there was a city zoo, several golf courses and the Ball Ranch dinner Theatre. We now wish we would have made more time for our visit there. I hope to return someday and enjoy more of everything Abilene has to offer.
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Source: The Abilene, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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