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Retire in Abilene, Texas?
Overview: Amiable Abilene started out as a cattle shipping hub in the 1880s. It sits along Interstate 20 in the red, flat land of parched West Central Texas, 150 miles west of Forth Worth. A rather isolated place, it has a mix of military personnel, college students and families.
The city has a friendly reputation and is the kind of place where neighbors get together after church to discuss the latest high school football game. Abilene has been growing and in the 1980s was one of the first metropolises in Texas to reinvest in its downtown. Since then, the city has built new theaters, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and a multi-media museum, Frontier Texas!, to document local history. Residents also enjoy a philharmonic orchestra, a classical chorus, three lakes, a zoo, 29 parks, three church affiliated universities, a junior college and a technical college.
Evangelical churches are many. Dyess Air Force Base, just seven miles outside of town, has 13,000 personnel and is the city's largest employer. Every second Thursday, the downtown hosts an Artwalk, and Abilene is still home to the West Texas Fair and Rodeo. Retailers of all kinds are here, including big box stores. Restaurants are in good supply, but nightlife is quiet. Homes are mostly brick ranch ramblers.
Population: 122,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 11% below the national average
Median Home Price: $135,000
Climate: Abilene has a humid subtropical climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 23 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year. Spring thunderstorms can be violent.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes (three branches)
Political Leanings: Very, very conservative
Cons: The tornado risk is 125% higher than the national average.
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: The city is racially diverse.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes. Abilene isn't an exciting place but seems like a pleasant, easygoing place.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes. Abilene isn't an exciting place but is a pleasant, easygoing place.
With a name based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends," Texas is the second biggest state by population in the country. It is estimated that 70% of residents live within 200 miles of Austin, the capital city.
Houston is the largest city, while Dallas-Fort Worth is the largest metropolitan area. Connecticut and Delaware could fit inside Texas' largest county - Brewster. The state is larger than all of New York, New England and Ohio combined.
In addition to the Caddo, the historical people of Texas include members of the Native American tribes of Apache, Choctaw, Tonkawa and Hasinai.
When Texas became the 28th state of the United States (1845), it adopted the official flag called the Lone Star Flag. Symbols include the Bluebonnet - the state flower.
Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest. The state has nearly 24,000 farms, 90 mountains a mile or more high and is the nation's leading producer of natural gas, oil, wool, cotton, watermelons and rice. It also has the most airports of any state in the Union and is one of the most business-friendly states. Its culture has a blend of of Southern, Southwestern (Mexican) and Western influences.
Famous natives and residents include Mary Kay Ash, George W. Bush, Tommy Lee Jones and Joan Crawford.
Population - 27,862,596
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 82%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 40%
White persons, not Hispanic - 42%
Median household income - $43,470
Median home price - $132,000
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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