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Abilene is located directly on Interstate 20 (I-20) connecting west to El Paso, Texas, and east to Dallas/Ft. Worth. Serving as a hub for US Highways 83, 84, 277, and US Highways 36 and 18, Abilene is the ideal choice logistically from west coast to east coast.
|El Paso, Texas||453|
|Los Angeles, California||1,255|
Climate (Avg Monthly Temperature)
|Source: National Weather Service 2020 Temperatures|
Abilene, Texas offers all major forms of transportation including highways, rail, ground distribution, and air, making the city well connected to all domestic markets.
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 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, feed, fertilizers, oil, scrap, corn sweetener, and lumber.
The Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) is a Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139 certified airport on 1,700 city owned 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 14 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.
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.
Abilene's population is projected to grow at an annual rate of 0.38% over the next five years.
|Geographic Area||2020 Population||2025 Estimate|
|City of Abilene||122,512||123,841|
|Source: GIS WebTech, 2020|
|65 and over||15.1%|
|Source: GIS WebTech, 2020|
Abilene’s median age is 33.7 years. (U.S. median age is 38 years)
|Nongraduate (<12th grade)||12.7%|
|High School (or GED)||31.2%|
|Source: GIS WebTech, 2020|
|Households and Income|
|Number of Households||45,327|
|Avg Household Income||$70,127|
|Avg Household Size||2.47|
|Avg Work Travel Time||17 min|
|Source: GIS WebTech, 2020|
Abilene is the hub-city which serves a 19-county region in Central Texas representing a total labor shed of more than 140,000 people. Located 148 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro, the Abilene MSA consists of three counties – Taylor, Jones, and Callahan.
|Year||Total Civilian||Employment||Workers Unemployed||Unemployment Rate|
|Source: Texas Labor Market Information, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, 2020|
Counties included in this region include: Taylor (Abilene), Jones (Abilene MSA), Callahan (Abilene MSA), Knox, Kent, Stonewall, Haskell, Throckmorton, Scurry, Fisher, Shackelford, Stephens, Mitchell, Nolan, Eastland, Runnels, Coleman, Brown, and Comanche.
As of 2018, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that the Abilene economy produces $6.8 billion in gross domestic output for all industries. The employers listed here represent the top 10 public entities, businesses, and organizations.
|Dyess Air Force Base||Military||Air Force Base||8,400|
|Hendrick Health System||Medical||Hospital||3,200|
|Abilene Christian University||Education||Private University||1,900|
|State Supported Living Center||Healthcare||Mental Health||1,225|
|Texas Department of Criminal Justic||Government||Prisons||1,190|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield||Telecommunications||Call Center||1,090|
|Abilene Regional Medical Center||Medical||Hospital||830|
|AbiMar Foods||Manufacturing||Food Manufacturing||680|
|First Financial Bank||FIRE||Banking and Financial||540|
|Rentech Boiler Systems||Manufacturing||Metal Fabrication||400|
|SOC||Title||Abilene Entry||Abilene Mean||Abilene Experienced||State Mean|
|General and Operations Managers||17.29||40.38||51.93||58.30|
|11-3121||Human Resources Managers||18.15||31.41||38.04||60.80|
Accountants and Auditors
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Customer Service Representatives
Receptionists and Information Clerks
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Data Entry and Information Processing Workers
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
|Source: Texas Labor Market Information, BLS Occupational Employment Statistics 2019|
For the past 65 years, Abilene has been home to Dyess Air Force Base and for the past 35 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.
The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) grew out of the Chamber’s War Committee following the end of WWII and the closure of Tye Air Base. The Committee diligently worked with Texas legislators in Washington, officials in the Pentagon, and Strategic Air Command to place a SAC base in Abilene, Texas. The community raised nearly a million dollars to purchase over 5,000 acres of land to give to the Air Force. Dyess Air Force Base came to fruition in the early 1950s with a stipulation that all buildings be permanent structures. 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|
|Global Strike Base||1|
|Air Mobility Command Tenant Unit||1|
|B-1 Flying Squadrons (including training)||2|
|C-130 J Flying Squadrons||2|
|C-130 J Aircraft||28|
|Employment (Active Duty and DoD Civilian)||6,005|
|Annual Payroll||$379.96 million|
|Total Economic Impact||$448 million|
|Source: Dyess AFB Economic Resource Impact Statement & Texas Comptroller's Office, 2019|
Abilene is home to many institutions of higher education – three private universities, one two- year college, one technical college, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 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.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
(325) 674-2000 www.acu.edu
HARDIN SIMMONS UNIVERSITY
(325) 670-1000 www.hsutx.edu
(325) 793-3800 www.mcm.edu
TEXAS TECH HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER
(325) 696-0632 www.ttuhsc.edu/campus/abilene
(325) 794-4400 www.cisco.edu
TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
(325) 672-7091 www.tstc.edu
The following list identifies many of the economic development incentives potentially available. In addition to the local incentives, the DevelopAbilene Team can assist businesses in gaining the maximum benefit from state, federal, and other government entities incentives programs.
With low taxes, a predictable regulatory climate and a skilled workforce, Texas leads the nation in economic growth. On November 16, 1989, Abilene was the first city to authorize the creation of a nonprofit corporation, named the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA), that would use a ½ cent sales tax to promote the creation of new and expanded industry, and manufacturing activity within the municipality and its vicinity. The 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 with an emphasis on capital investment and job creation.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Texas imposes a state sales tax on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods, as well as taxable services.
|Taxing Entity||Sales Tax Rate|
|State of Texas||6.25%|
|City of Abilene||2.0%|
Due to the presence of sales tax, the State of Texas does not levy personal income 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|
|City of Abilene||0.7877|
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.
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.
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). 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. For a complete list of available REPs, please visit www.powertochoose.org.
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.
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.
Abilene is served by three 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.
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
Current average daily water supplied in Million Gallons per Day: 22 MGD
Current system capacity in Million Gallons per Day: 46 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.
Current average daily user in Million Gallons per Day: 11 MGD
Current system capacity in Million Gallons per Day: 24 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.gov.
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".
Abilene's cost of living index ranks one of the most affordable places to live in the United States. With Abilene’s housing 26% below 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.