Abilene, TX
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Abilene is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 121,721 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 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 (14.75%), sales jobs (10.93%), and management occupations (7.70%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Abilene. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

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 16.16 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Abilene are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.39% of adults in Abilene having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Abilene in 2010 was $21,298, 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 $85,192 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 25.95% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Abilene include Irish, English, French , and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Abilene is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.