Profile for Abilene, Texas, TX
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Abilene is a city in Taylor County. (The community straddles Taylor and Jones counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Abilene, KS, another cattle shipping point.
The latitude of Abilene is 32.448N. The longitude is -99.732W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,719 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 114,889.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Abilene demographic reports
Abilene is on the Osage Plains.
Railhead on the Texas and Pacific Railway
Public transportation: Abilene Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 517. The number of murders and homicides was 6. The violent crime rate was 4.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Bill Sharman, basketball player
· Jessica Simpson, singer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Western Heritage Classic - May 10-13, 2007
- West Texas Book & Music Festival - Sept. 25-29, 2007
- West Texas Fair & Rodeo - Sept. 6-15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Abilene web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Abilene State Park, Johnson Park
Abilene attractions: Abilene Zoo
Historic sites and museums: Grace Museum, Fort Phantom Hill, Buffalo Gap Historic Village
Colleges and universities:
Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, Abilene Christian University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 66
Imagine living in this town a thousand miles from cities. Whoop, whoop, whoop, over there by the tracks, old town Abilene where they shipped the cows and shot it up for gumshoes and drank red-eye. Look out there!' yelled Dean out the window with his mouth,
-- On the Road
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Ancestry & family history
12% of Abilene residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Abilene ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Abilene was $16,577, compared with $21,587 nationally.
22% of Abilene residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Abilene festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Western Heritage Classic - M
- West Texas Fair & Rodeo - S
- West Texas Book & Music Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Abilene, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $383. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $749.
Libraries in Abilene include Abilene Public Library, Abilene Public Library South Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Abilene include Abilene Reporter-News
TV stations in Abilene include K07UF, KRBC, KTAB, KXVA.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KACU.
Taylor County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Abilene political report.
The average commute time for Abilene workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 48 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Abilene between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.
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“ Imagine living in this town a thousand miles from cities. Whoop, whoop, whoop, over there by the tracks, old town Abilene where they shipped the cows and shot it up for gumshoes and drank red-eye. Look out there!' yelled Dean out the window with his mouth, ”
~ On the Road
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