Abilene, TX

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Abilene, TX Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q3 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Abilene Housing Market Information

With 121,885 people, 42,436 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $119,695, house prices in Abilene are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Abilene, accounting for 69.58% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Abilene include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 16.07%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 8.18%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.08%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Abilene are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 47.85% owning and 52.15% renting.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Abilene's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 39.98% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Abilene include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 39.29%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 12.31%). There's also some housing in Abilene built before 1939 ( 8.41%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Abilene. Fully 12.74% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Abilene homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Abilene real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Abilene Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Abilene has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Abilene real estate appreciated 30.73% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 2.72%, putting Abilene in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Abilene definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Over the last year, Abilene appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Abilene's appreciation rate has been 2.45%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Abilene were at 6.17%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 27.06%.

Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Abilene's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Texas, our data show that Abilene's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 80% of the other cities and towns in Texas.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Abilene differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Abilene - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Abilene real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,221,000 0.2
$916,001 - $1,221,000 0.1
$611,001 - $916,000 0.5
$489,001 - $611,000 0.8
$366,001 - $489,000 1.8
$244,001 - $366,000 8.1
$122,001 - $244,000 33.9
$61,001 - $122,000 35.2
$0 - $61,000 19.5

Average for TX
Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
71.0773722627737 58.0019398642095

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Abilene Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q2 - 2018 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q3
80.31% 3.19%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,027 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 47.85
Renters 52.15
Vacant 12.74

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 12.3
1970 - 1999 39.3
1940 - 1969 40.0
1939 or Older 8.4

Types of Homes

Single-Family 69.6
Townhomes 3.1
Small Apt. Buildings 8.2
Apt. Complexes 16.1
Mobile Homes 3.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.27
1 Bedroom 12.53
2 Bedrooms 26.31
3 Bedrooms 46.27
4 Bedrooms 11.12
5 or more bedrooms 1.50