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The following information has been assembled for Abilene, Texas. Please refer to our Publications page for a printable version of this information.

Location

Abilene is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in west central Texas. The city is centrally located in the State of Texas providing easy access to both east and west coasts, the industrial Midwest, northeast and the markets in Mexico.

Distance to Major Cities

City Distance
Albuquerque, New Mexico 484
Atlanta, Georgia 963
Chicago, Illinois 1,080
Dallas, Texas 184
Denver, Colorado 707
Los Angeles, California 1,255
St. Louis, Missouri 779

U.S. Map of Abilene, Texas

State Map of Abilene, Texas

City Map of Abilene, Texas

Transportation

Abilene, Texas offers all major forms of transportation including highways, rail, ground distribution, and air, making the city well connected.

Ground

Abilene is located directly on Interstate 20 (I-20) that connects west to El Paso, Texas and east that connects to Dallas/Ft. Worth moving approximately 40,000 vehicles on an average day. The City also serves as a hub for U.S. Highways 83, 84, 277 and State Highways 36 and 18. Encircling the east side of the City, Loop 322 links I-20 to U.S. Highways 84/84. Ground transportation services are available from major carriers including FedEx, UPS, Central Freight Lines, R&L Carriers, Saia, Yellow Freight Systems and twenty other providers in Abilene.

Rail

Rail transportation service is provided by Union Pacific and Southern Switching Company (“SSC”). SSC is a “short-line” railroad located in Abilene, Texas. Interchanging with the Union Pacific in downtown Abilene, SSC operates 8.5 miles of railroad within the City. It serves a variety of existing customers that are shipping and receiving commodities such as grain, reed, fertilizers, oil, scrap, corn sweetener, and lumber.

Air

The Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) is an Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139 certified airport on 1,700 city own acres and is located approximately three nautical miles southeast of the central business district. The airport is commercially served by Envoy (formerly known as American Eagle) with 16 regular daily flights to and from DFW International (DFW). The airport is ten minutes from practically anywhere in the City and offers travelers common amenities and car rental from Avis, Enterprise and Hertz.

Public Transportation

The citizens of Abilene also have access to “CityLink,” the public transit system for the City of Abilene. CityLink offers an affordable transportation alternative for the citizens of Abilene that provides a safe, efficient and courteous service to every major area of town. The system includes fixed-route bus service, ADA Complimentary Paratransit Service and demand-response evening service.

Demographics

Geographic Area 2016 Population 2021 Estimate
City of Abilene 121,407 126,164
Abilene MSA 169,478 176,937

Age Distribution

Age Distribution
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65+ (13%) 13
45-64 (21%) 21
21-44 (36%) 36
< 21 (30%) 30

Abilene’s median age is 32.1 years. (U.S. media age is 37.6 years)

Education Attainment Percent
Nongraduate 17%
High School (or GED) 29%
Some College 24%
Associate Degree 7%
Bachelor’s Degree 16%
Master’s/Prof Degree 7%
Households and Income Value
Number of Households 44,717
Avg Household Income $58,595
Avg Household Size 2.44
Avg Work Travel Time 17min

Workforce

Abilene is the major community serving a 19 county region in West Central Texas (as highlighted on the following map). Located 148 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro, the Abilene MSA consists of three counties – Callahan, Jones, and Taylor. Labor demographic data are verified each month through the Labor Market & Career Information Department (LMCI) of the Texas Workforce Commission.

Local Workforce Summary 2015
Regional CLF (Civilian Labor Force) 165,000
Labor Force (West Central WDA) 144,000
Unemployed (West Central WDA) 5,900
Unemployment Rate (West Central WDA) 4.1%

19 County Workforce Area Map

Workforce Area Map

Labor Market Data

The workforce available to Abilene is significantly larger than the population of the City, representing a greater potential labor pool. The following graph depicts the population available to the Abilene employers.

Regional Labor Population

Regional Labor Population
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Taylor County 134600
Abilene (20 min) 138400
Abilene MSA 167800
Labor Shed 237100

Recent labor study results indicate a substantial amount of underemployed workers available to employers.

Candidate Classification Number
Number of Underemployed Workers 17,685
Part-Time, Prefer Full-Time 2,526
Non-Permanent, Prefer Permanent 1,758
Overqualified for Current Position 13,401
Unemployed WorkersPosition 5,493
Not Participating, But are Willing to Re-enter 5,288
Total Readily Available Workers 28,466

Unemployment and Average Employment

Average Unemployment Rates

Average Unemployment Rates
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2011 6.6 7.9 8.9
2012 5.5 6.8 8.1
2013 5.1 6.3 7.4
2014 4.4 5.4 6.4
2015 3.9 4.5 5.3

Abilene MSA Annual Average Employment

Abilene MSA Annual Average Employment
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2011 71646
2012 71957
2013 72515
2014 72756
2015 72242

Leading Employers

Sector Company Product/Service Empl.
Military Dyess Air Force Base Air Force Base 5,400
Medical Hendrick Health System Hospital 3,020
Education Abilene Independent School District Public School 2,450
Healthcare Abilene State Supported Living Center Mental Health 1,240
Government City of Abilene City 1,200
Government Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prisons 1,110
Telecommunications Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Health Insurance Call Center 1,075
Education Abilene Christian University Private University 930
Medical Abilene Regional Medical Center Hospital 830
FIRE First Financial Bank Banking and Financial Services 550
Government Taylor County County 530
Education Wylie Independent School District Public School 470
Telecommunications Teleperformance Contract Call Center 430
Education Hardin-Simmons University Private University 425
Manufacturing AbiMar Foods Food Manufacturing 410
Aviation Eagle Aviation Services Aviation Mechanic 400
Manufacturing Rentech Boiler Systems and Services Metal Fabrication 365
Education Cisco College Public College 340
Manufacturing Coca-Cola Refreshments Food Manufacturing 330
Medical Abilene Diagnostic Clinic Primary Care Physicians 300
Government U.S. Postal Service Postal Service and Distribution 255
Engineering Lauren Engineers Engineers and Constructors 250
Education McMurry University Private University 220
Medical Betty Hardwick Center Mental Health 210
Manufacturing Petrosmith Metal Fabrication 205
Energy Run Energy Wind Energy 200
Manufacturing Broadwind Towers Wind Tower Manufacturing 180
Manufacturing Tigé Boats Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing 180
Medical West Texas Rehabilitation Center Physical Rehabilitation 180
Utilities AEP Electric Utility 175
Education TTU - Health Sciences Center Public University 170
Manufacturing Pepsi Beverage Co. Food Manufacturing 165
Manufacturing Bridgestone-Bandag Tire Retread Manufacturing 155
FIRE Funeral Directors Life Insurance Co. Insurance 140
Telecommunications AT&T Telecommunications 100
Manufacturing Pactiv Plastics Manufacturing 100

Average Salary by Occupation

SOC Title Abilene Entry Abilene Mean Abilene Exp. State Mean
#11-1021 General & Operations Managers $45,600 $105,800 $135,900 $123,100
#11-3121 Human Resources Managers $60,700 $103,000 $124,200 $121,600
#13-2011 Accountants and Auditors $36,200 $63,900 $77,800 $75,200
#15-1131 Computer Programmers $42,600 $59,000 $67,200 $80,800
#17-2051 Civil Engineers $60,600 $79,900 $89,600 $100,300
#17-2071 Electrical Engineers $61,600 $94,200 $110,500 $101,100
#17-2112 Industrial Engineers $57,600 $93,000 $110,800 $99,900
#17-2141 Mechanical Engineers $55,400 $92,400 $110,800 $99,100
#43-2011 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $17,400 $21,100 $22,900 $26,100
#43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks $19,900 $32,100 $38,200 $37,200
#43-3061 Procurement Clerks $22,700 $32,900 $38,000 $39,500
#43-4051 Customer Service Representatives $19,800 $26,700 $30,200 $31,200
#43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks $18,400 $23,100 $25,400 $25,700
#43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative $32,100 $55,900 $67,700 $53,100
#43-9021 Data Entry Keyers $17,600 $23,200 $39,000 $37,500
#43-9041 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks $22,700 $33,600 $39,000 $37,500
#51-2099 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other $17,700 $26,000 $30,200 $26,300
#51-4041 Machinists $27,200 $43,900 $52,200 $41,300
#51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers $27,200 $43,600 $51,800 $40,900
#53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers $25,000 $40,900 $48,800 $41,600

Military Installations

For the past 60 years, Abilene has been home to Dyess Air Force Base and for the past 30 years, the B-1B bomber. In recent years, Abilene has seen the arrival of 28 new C-130 J aircraft that are now stationed at the base, making it the largest active-duty C-130 J aircraft base in the USAF. Established in 1943 as Abilene Army Air Base (AAB), the base was named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel William Dyess (a native of Albany, Texas). Today, Dyess is home to the 7th Bomb Wing and the 317th Airlift Group, both of which provide a significant economic contribution to the City of Abilene.

Over fifty years ago, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce formed the Military Affairs Committee (MAC). MAC’s mission is to maintain and expand the military presence and missions, and continue the strong relationship with the military community. MAC is instrumental in ensuring Dyess remains a premier large aircraft installation, modernizing base infrastructure, and supporting our more than 5,000 military and civilians in addition to 8,000 family members and retirees.

Dyess Air Force Base Amount
Air Combat Command Base 1
Air Mobility Command Tenant Unit 1
B-1 Flying Squadrons (including training) 2
C-130 J Flying Squadrons 2
B-1 Aircraft 34
C-130 J Aircraft 28
Employment (Active Duty and DoD Civilian) 5,400
Annual Payroll $263.5 million
Total Economic Impact $441.5 million

Education

Abilene is home to many institutions of higher education – three private universities, one two-year college, one technical college, and the Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Pharmacy and Nursing. There are two main school districts in the City of Abilene: 1) Abilene Independent School District and 2) Wylie Independent School District as well as multiple private school systems.

Within the Abilene Independent School District and Wylie Independent School District, there are over 40 school campuses, including 30+ special programs and magnet schools. Combined, Abilene ISD and Wylie ISD have over 20,000 students enrolled and nearly 2,800 employees working to educate Abilene’s student population.

Abilene Public Schools

Abilene Independent School District
241 Pine Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
(325) 677-1444
www.abileneisd.org
Enrollment: 17,300

Wylie Independent School District
7049 Buffalo Gap Road
Abilene, Texas 79606
(325) 692-4353
www.wylie.esc14.net
Enrollment: 3,800

Abilene Private Schools

School Name Phone
Abilene Christian Schools (325) 672-9200
Abilene Montessori Center (325) 692-7000
Cornerstone Christian Academy (325) 676-8232
Evergreen Christian School (325) 795-8964
Happy Days School – Pre-K thru Kindergarten (325) 695-0566
Kenley School (325) 698-3220
St. John’s Episcopal School (325) 695-8870

Colleges and Universities

Institution Enrollment Graduates
Abilene Christian University 4,460 1,065
Hardin Simmons University 2,220 490
McMurry University 1,220 245
Texas Tech Health Science Center 560 270
Cisco College 2,800 580
Texas State Technical College 1,280 320

Abilene Christian University is a faith based university which offers 71 baccalaureate, 25 masters and 7 certificate degrees with an average annual enrollment of 4,500 students.

(325) 674-2000
www.acu.edu

Hardin Simmons University is a faith based university which offers 70 baccalaureate and 7 masters degrees with an average annual enrollment of 2,300 students.

(325) 670-1000
www.hsutx.edu

McMurry University is a faith based university which offers 45 baccalaureate degrees and 1 master's degrees with an average annual enrollment of 1,200 students.

(325) 793-3800
www.mcm.edu

TSTC is the only State funded technical college which offers more than 25 certificate and degree programs with an average enrollment 1,300 students.

(325) 672-7091
www.tstc.edu

Cisco College

Cisco College is the only State funded technical college which offers more than 30 certificate and degree programs with an average enrollment 3,500 students..

(325) 794-4400
www.cisco.edu

TTU Health Science Center offers a comprehensive and practical education that encompasses a broad range of health issues with an average enrollment of 160 student.

(800) 493-3954
www.ttuhsc.edu/abilene/

TTU Health Science Center also offers many options in nursing education including traditional and second degree BSN programs with graduate and doctorate programs.

(325) 676-7948
www.ttuhsc.edu/abilene/

Incentives and Business Climate

The following list identifies many of the economic development incentives potentially available. In addition to the local incentives, the Abilene Industrial Foundation can assist businesses in gaining the maximum benefit from state, federal, and other government entities incentives programs.

Local Incentives

With low taxes, a predictable regulatory climate and a skilled workforce, Texas leads the nation in economic growth. On November 16, 1989, City Council approved Resolution No. 65-1898 authorizing the creation of the Development Corporation of Abilene, Inc. (DCOA) pursuant to the Development Corporation Act of 1979 (Texas Civil Statutes Article 5190.6), making Abilene the first city in Texas to do so.  The act allows municipalities to create a nonprofit corporation that will promote the creation of new and expanded industry and manufacturing activity within the municipality and its vicinity using a ½ cent sales tax to fund its operation. This money is fully controlled at the local level and is not dependent on state or county approval. Every economic development incentive package is prepared to meet the best possible solution for each company’s relocation needs.

State Incentives

Texas Enterprise Fund

The Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) is the largest "deal-closing" fund of its kind in the nation. The fund is a cash grant used as a financial incentive tool for projects that offer significant projected job creation and capital investment and where a single Texas site is competing with another viable out-of-state option. Since its inception in 2004, the TEF has awarded over 100 grants totaling more than $500 million across a wide variety of industries and projects. Projects that meet the fund criteria may apply for this incentive in addition to local incentives provided by the city.

State Tax Incentives

Texas Enterprise Zone Program

The Texas Enterprise Zone Program is an economic development tool for local communities to partner with the State of Texas to promote job creation and capital investment in economically distressed areas of the state. Designated projects are eligible to apply for state sales and use tax refunds on qualified expenditures. The level and amount of refund is related to the capital investment and jobs created or retained at the qualified business site.

Manufacturing Exemptions

Manufacturing Exemptions provide state sales and use tax exemptions to taxpayers who manufacture, fabricate or process tangible property for sale. The exemption generally applies to tangible personal property that becomes an ingredient or component of an item manufactured for sale, as well as taxable services performed on a manufactured product to make it more marketable.

Freeport Exemptions

A Freeport exemption is a property tax exemption. Freeport property includes goods detained in Texas for 175 days or less before they are transported out of Texas. The exemption applies to goods, wares, ores and merchandise other than oil, gas and petroleum products (defined as liquid and gaseous materials immediately derived from refining petroleum or natural gas) and to aircraft or repair parts used by a certified air carrier. Goods must be in Texas for assembling, storing, manufacturing, repair, maintenance, processing or fabricating purposes. Currently, businesses located in the Abilene Independent School District may utilize this exemption.

Data Center Incentive

Texas is ideally positioned for data center operations. The state is centrally located and has access to talented, experienced high tech workers. A data center exemption applies to state sales and use tax on certain items necessary and essential to the operation of a qualified data center. The exemption is for state sales tax only. Local sales taxes are due on purchases of these qualifying items.

Workforce Development Incentives

Skills Development Fund

The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program providing local customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers to increase skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. The Texas Workforce Commission administers funding for the program. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

Self Sufficiency Fund

The Self Sufficiency program provides grants to community and technical colleges and community-based organizations to implement customized job training programs in cooperation with employers, to help low-income individuals and those receiving public assistance achieve self-sufficiency and independence.

Taxes

With no corporate income tax and no individual income tax, Texas has one of the lowest tax burdens in the country, ranking as a Top 10 Best State in the Tax Foundation's 2013 State Business Tax Index. Abilene has placed new industry that includes manufacturing of plastics, wind energy towers, fiberglass boats in addition to its world class oil and gas industry.

Sales Tax

Texas imposes a state sales tax on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods, as well as taxable services. Texas cities, counties, transit authorities and special purpose districts have the option of imposing an additional local sales tax for a combined state and local tax rate of up to 8.25% (the City of Abilene levies the full local rate of 2.0%).

Income Tax

Due to the presence of sales tax, the State of Texas does not levy personal income tax.

Property Tax

Taxes on real estate and real/personal property are levied by the following local government entities on an annual basis.

Taxing Entity Rate/$100 Valuation
Taylor County 0.5269
City of Abilene 0.7140
Abilene ISD 1.2106
Total Rate: 2.4515

Corporate Income Tax

Texas has no corporate income tax at the state level, making it an attractive tax haven for incorporating a business. Texas corporations still, however, have to pay the federal corporate income tax. While Texas does not have a corporate income tax, a gross receipts style tax is applicable to all companies and serves a similar purpose. This tax is called the Texas Franchise Tax (sometimes referred to as the margin tax) that levies a 1% tax on calculated margins for businesses in Texas (retailers pay a 0.5% rate), but exempts sole proprietorships and general partnerships. Businesses can elect to deduct either the cost of goods sold or employment costs. Additional rate information and calculation methods can be found online.

Utilities

The City of Abilene offers its businesses and citizens all major utilities and services provided by a mix of both municipal government and private corporations.

Electric

Texas power consumers can choose their electricity service from a variety of retail electric providers (REPs), including the incumbent utility. The incumbent utility in the area still owns and maintains the local power lines (and is the company to call in the event of a power outage) and is not subject to deregulation.

The incumbent utility in Abilene is AEP Texas (American Electric Power, www.aep.com). AEP can provide dual parallel circuits to its customers. AEP also operates a looped distribution system which provides the capabilities to serve each site from more than one distribution substation or from multiple distribution circuits. In the event of a power outage, service can be rerouted to the site manually.

Taylor Electric Cooperative serves Abilene, Texas and the surrounding areas. Taylor EC offers one point of contact business installation with competitive business rates. A community partner for more than 75 years, Taylor EC is the choice for business. Learn more at www.taylorelectric.com.

For a complete list of available REPs, please visit www.powertochoose.org.

Natural Gas

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country's largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving approximately 3 million customers in more than 1,400 communities from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. The company is a full-service natural gas distribution provider and the retail supplier of natural gas in Abilene, Texas. Atmos serves residential, commercial and large volume customers, tailored to their specific needs.

For more information please visit www.atmosenergy.com.

Telecommunications

Abilene is served by two primary telecommunications providers: AT&T, Suddenlink Communications and FiberLight. These providers offer the latest fiber optic network availability throughout Abilene for phone, internet, VoIP, data center, cloud storage, wireless and other network based services.

For more information visit www.att.com, www.suddenlink.com and www.fiberlight.com.

Water and Wastewater

The City of Abilene provides all the water and wastewater resources and infrastructure throughout the city. The Water Utilities Department is responsible for storm water pollution abatement, water operations, and wastewater operations in the City of Abilene, including: providing for adequate, high quality water supply; treating and distributing potable water; collecting all wastewaters discharged to sanitary sewer systems; and transporting and treating all wastewater prior to discharging it into the environment.

For assistance in connecting new service contact the City of Abilene, Water Department.

Customer Service: (325) 676-6405

Water and Wastewater Line Location: (325) 676-6425

Water

Current average daily water supplied in Million Gallons per Day: 22 MGD

Current system capacity in Million Gallons per Day: 51 MGD

Water treatment system is conventional coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Expansion of the pipeline to O.H. Ivie Reservoir for future expanded water resources has been completed. This project has been funded by the USDA and municipal bonds.

Wastewater

Current average daily user in Million Gallons per Day: 11 MGD

Current system capacity in Million Gallons per Day: 62 MGD

Raw water at three plants undergoes complete treatment including Coagulation, Sedimentation, Filtration, and Disinfection in order to meet or exceed State and Federal rules and regulations.

For more information please visit www.abilenetx.com.

Quality of Life

Abilene's quality of life presents a wide array of benefits for its citizens. Residents can enjoy cultural events, a thriving arts scene, unique museums, sporting events, parks, children's activities, hunting, fishing and so much more. These combined with a low-cost of living, warm climate and a ten minute commute time ensures those that move to Abilene, stay in Abilene.

#1 More Home for the Money

Abilene home prices are nearly 35 percent below the U.S. average. That’s an extra 764 square feet! It also leaves $323 extra in your pocket every month based on a 30-year mortgage.

#2 Lifelong Learning Opportunities

In addition to two highly-regarded public school systems, Abilene has six institutions of higher learning and nearly 10,000 students pursuing higher education.

#3 A Spirit of Community

The Chronicle of Philanthropy estimates that Abilene is among the top 20 percent in median community contributions among metropolitan cities in the U.S.

#4 Lower Taxes

Texas is one of only seven states without a state income tax, allowing Abilene residents to keep more of their earned wages.

#5 Low Cost Energy

Located directly in the heart of Texas, Abilene benefits from one of the nation's leaders in energy production. Residences and businesses alike spend 25% less than the nation's average city for electricity, dramatically reducing the cost to live and work.

#6 A Lively Downtown

Abilene is known for a vibrant downtown featuring small businesses, the Abilene Civic Center, The 12th Armored Division WWII Museum, The Grace Museum, Center for Contemporary Arts, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, the beautifully restored Paramount Theatre and a storybook sculpture garden.

#7 Shorter Commutes

Abilene’s commute time of 17 minutes significantly less than U.S. average of 25.4 minutes. Over a full year, that gives Abilenians an extra 4,212 minutes or nearly 70 hours of additional time to spend in their business, their family or pursuing their passions.

#8 Low Cost of Living

Abilene’s cost of living is 93% of the U.S. average according to the Council for Community and Economic Research, making every dollar earned go that much further.

#9 Sports and Recreation

With prime land and scenic lakes, the Big Country boasts a solid reputation for hunting and fishing. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy playing around on one of several world class golf courses, or finish a set at one of the tennis centers.

#10 Commitment to Dyess AFB

A community support award given out each year by the U.S. Air Force, Air Mobility Command, was won so frequently by Abilene, the Air Force said Abilene could no longer compete.  Instead, the award was re-named the "Abilene Trophy".

Cost of Living

Abilene's cost of living index ranks one of the most affordable places to live in the United States. With average home sales price that is 35% of the U.S. average, homeowners find living significantly cheaper.

The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places in each quarter equals 100, and each participant's index is read as a percentage of the average for all participating places. The following table summarizes Abilene's "cost of living index" relative to other major cities in the U.S.

City All Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Care Misc.
Abilene, TX 92.8 92.0 90.7 74.2 98.0 93.1 98.9
Chicago, IL 116.2 116.7 135.7 104.2 114.5 99.1 106.0
Denver, CO 109.6 99.2 130.2 94.5 98.4 107.7 105.0
Los Angeles, CA 140.3 106.3 213.3 115.6 132.7 109.3 106.1
Miami, FL 112.3 108.6 126.6 96.7 112.7 105.0 104.9

Average Home Sale Price: $162,180

 

Climate

 

Abilene's weather is a typical southern climate with hot summers and relatively mild winters. 

Weather Avg. Low Avg. High Avg. Annual
January Temperature 30.8 54.8° 42.8°
July Temperature 72.7° 95.2° 84.0°
Annual Temperature 52.8° 76.2° 64.6°
Weather Average
Annual Precipitation 24.4"
Snowfall 4.6"
Wind Speed 11.9mph
Clear Days 149
Partly Cloudy Days 95
Relative Humidity 64.5%

Healthcare

Abilene is home to two major medical centers, Hendrick Health System and Abilene Regional Medical Center and two minor. These facilities offer a combined 870 hospital beds for the Abilene region with more than 250 physicians. Patients can find specialty care for asthma, cancer, diabetes, emergencies, heart and vascular, neuroscience, orthopedics, ostomy, palliative, birth, pulmonary, radiology, rehabilitation, respiratory, sleep disorders, stroke, women's health and wound care.

Hendrick Health System
www.ehendrick.org

Abilene Regional Medical Center
www.abileneregional.com

Parks and Recreation

Abilene citizens enjoy an abundant resource of public parks and recreational opportunities.

Parks and Recreation
Auditoriums 3 Gymnasiums 4 Skateboard Parks 1
Ball Diamonds (35 lighted) 96 In-Line Hockey Rink 1 Soccer Fields 14
Bocce Ball Courts 1 Miniature Golf Courses 2 Splash Pad 1
Bowling Centers 2 Movie Screens 32 Swimming Pools (Private) 7
Disc Golf Courses 3 Parks (2,400+ acres) 32 Swimming Pools (Public) 2
Dog Parks 1 Park Playgrounds 20 Tennis Courts 21
Football Fields 15 Recreation Centers 7 Walking Trails 5
Golf Courses 6 Running Tracks 24 YMCA 2
Group Picnic Shelters 16 Sand Volleyball Courts 6 Youth Centers 13