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Where to Retire in Abilene and Home Prices

the median cost of a home was $221,700, in the third quarter of 2021, according to the National Association of Realtors.

What Is Special about Abilene

Abilene is proud of its military history and home of Dyess AFB. It is also a college town and offers a low cost of living. More than 25 parks within the city offer many types of outdoor recreation. It is also home to a zoo that hosts educational and summer programs, an Expo Center, several libraries, three athletic complexes, and a regional airport.

What Is Not Special about Abilene

Abilene gets very hot during the summer months with temperatures in the 90's. The town is not near any large city, with Ft. Worth being the closest, approximately 150 miles away.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average is 45 degrees, and July's average is 83 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

You will find many restaurants in Abilene, along with a cafe, pub, and a wine bar. Culturally, there are events hosted by the city and the local universities. The Grace Museum, The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, and the Paramount Theatre are all located here, as are several other popular attractions. An annual 10-day event is the West Texas Fair and Rodeo held in mid-September; the Western Heritage Classic is held each May, and features a ranch rodeo, campfire cook-off, and a Western art show; the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau provides several special-interests conventions throughout the year.


The violent and property crime rates are high.

Medical Facilities

Hendrick Medical Center is a large 500-bed hospital located here, along with many other health care facilities.


Abilene is not considered to be a walkable or bikeable community. CityLink Transit provides public bus service for the city. The Abilene Regional Airport offers flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth and surrounding areas several times a day. Dallas/Ft.Worth is the nearest large airport, about 175 miles away.

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