Abilene is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 121,885 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Abilene is the 26th largest community in Texas.
Abilene is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Abilene is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Abilene who work in office and administrative support (13.57%), sales jobs (11.08%), and food service (7.66%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Abilene, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Abilene spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.77 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The population of Abilene overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Abilene, 22.09% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Abilene in 2010 was $22,819, which is middle income relative to Texas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,276 for a family of four. However, Abilene contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Abilene is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Abilene home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Abilene residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Abilene also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.76% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Abilene include German, Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Abilene is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.