Abilene is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 123,420 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Abilene is the 26th largest community in Texas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Abilene is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Abilene is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Abilene who work in office and administrative support (11.86%), sales jobs (10.16%), and food service (7.34%).
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.
One of the benefits of Abilene is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.69 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The education level of Abilene citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.47% of adults in Abilene have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Abilene in 2018 was $24,529, 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 $98,116 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 26.60% 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.