Abilene: A Little Bit of Everything!

No matter where you're coming from, you'll find a little bit of everything in Abilene, and much of it with a special West Texas twist.

The City of Abilene, Texas, is located approximately 180 miles due west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We’re situated in west central Texas near the geographic center of the state. Situated adjacent to Interstate 20, Abilene is the center of a 22-county area commonly referred to as the Texas Midwest or the Big Country. Abilene serves as the county seat for Taylor County, one of 254 counties in Texas. Taylor County has a current population of about 136,000, 120,373 of which live within the Abilene city limits.

Described as "the Future Great City of West Texas," Abilene was established in March 1881 upon the completion of the Texas & Pacific Railroad. Abilene's civic progressiveness and its logistic function as a regional center for distribution, commerce, industry, transportation, and education provide an assortment of lodging, dining, cultural, and shopping opportunities typically found only in much larger cities.


There are two main school districts in the City of Abilene, as well as a number of private schools. 

Abilene Independent School District*
Wylie Independent School District*

The City is home to three church-related institutions of higher learning. US News and World Report has recognized all three as top private liberal arts colleges.

Abilene Christian University*
Hardin-Simmons University*
McMurry University*

The city's 10,000+ student population is supplemented by three centers of learning.

Cisco College*
Texas State Technical College*
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center*
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy

Safety City, also known the Melvin Martin Center for Children’s Safety, is available for scout, camp, and school groups. The Abilene Fire Department and the Abilene Police Department partner with Safety City to teach children road safety, fire safety, and more.


2-1-1 A Call for Help
Community Resources

*You are leaving the City of Abilene pages. The City is not responsible for any content on linked websites. Visitors to externally linked sites are advised to use caution when using external sites.