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Abilene, Texas

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Welcome to Abilene ...

The city of Abilene is located in Taylor County and is the County Seat for Taylor County.

When the people of Abilene refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Abilenian<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Abilene has a population of 121,721 people<2> (see below for details).

Abilene was established in 1881.

The community of Abilene is 1,710 feet [521 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Abilene lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Abilene lies within the (325) area code.

The ZIP codes for Abilene: 79601-79608, 79697-79699<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Abilene had a population of 117,063 people (which is 89.02% of the total population of Taylor County). This makes Abilene the county's most populous community.

The population of Abilene represents 0.47% of the total population of Texas (which has 25,145,561 people), making it the state's 25th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 117,063 people, the population of Abilene has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (that had a count of 115,930 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Abilene had an population of 121,721 people. This is an increase of 3.98% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Abilene.

Communities near Abilene ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Abilene and not the distance if you drove it.<5>.

Community   2015
Buffalo Gap   [Map]   470   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Clyde   [Map]   3,771   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Fort Phantom Hill - Historic   [Map]   ---   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Hamby   [Map]   ---   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Hawley   [Map]   614   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Merkel   [Map]   2,615   W   15 miles [24.1 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Abilene.

Communities Also Named Abilene ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 6 communities that are also named Abilene - they are located in Alberta, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Abilene.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Abilene. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Abilene. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Abilene. Our list includes 35 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Abilene:

Websites for Abilene ...

Official Website:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Abilene ...

Looking for more information about Abilene? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Abilene, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Abilene.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' is a very useful tool for people who might be planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Abilene. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Taylor County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Abilene:

The official website for Taylor County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Abilene refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Abilene may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Abilene.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Abilene - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Abilene). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Abilene or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Abilene includes: 79601, 79602, 79603, 79604, 79605, 79606, 79607, 79697, 79698 & 79699.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Abilene. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Abilene) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Abilene. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Abilene

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abilene. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4552, Longitude: -99.7385     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abilene have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Abilene.


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