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Community Profile

The following community profile information is intended to help you perform relevant site selection research on Abilene, Texas, and is intended to serve as a starting point.

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Welcome to Abilene, Texas

Since its beginnings in 1881, Abilene, Texas has moved from a cattle-shipping prairie town to a metropolis on the plains. In the late 20th Century, Abilene’s economy was oil, agriculture, and military. In 1989, the city countered the 1980s oil bust by being the first city in Texas to adopt a half-cent sales tax to fund economic development. Since then, Abilene diversifies its economic base by continuing to be a progressive, business-friendly city, whose citizens are people of vision and determination. They solicit new industries with aggressive incentives and opportunities as well as assisting existing industries with their expansion plans.

Climate


 

Climate Averages
 Annual Temperature  64.8 F
 Hottest Month  July- 94.8 F
 Coldest Month  January- 31.8 F
 Annual Rainfall  23.78 Inches
 Relative Humidity  59%
 Wind Speed  12 mph
 Days Between Killing Frosts  240
Community

City/County Statistics
 Class Rating 2
 City Size (square miles) 112 sq. miles
 Taylor County 586,880

 

Government Employment
 Department Number of Employees
 City Personnel 1,200
 County Personnel 531
 City Law Enforcement Personnel 192
 County Law Enforcement Personnel 276
 City Fire Department Personnel 173
 Dyess AFB Government Personnel 5,051
 *Employment numbers verified annually; Dyess AFB numbers reflect data for 2013

 

Demographics

Local Area Population Estimates
Abilene Total Population 119,557
Taylor County Total Population 134,662
Jones County Total Population   19,657
Callahan County Total Population   13,517
Source: Nielsen Claritas 2014 and US Census Bureau, 2010 Census Estimates

 

Economic Impact

 Higher Education
 Labor Force Employed  2.90%*
 Annual Economic Impact  $290 million
 *Based on data from the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Higher Education Impact Study 2010
 
 Agriculture
 Annual Farm Products  $472.3 million*
 Products: cotton, grain, hay, sorghum, wheat, oats, pecans, fruit, and truck crops
 Annual Livestock  $539 million*
 Products: ranching, stock farms, feed lots, hunting, beef and dairying
 *16 county area around Abilene which is hub for 9.7M acre trade area
 Oil  & Gas
 Oil and Gas Revenues   $1.22 billion*
 *District 7-B for 2012 
 Retail Trade 
 Retail Sales (approx.)  $2.8 billion*
 *Abilene is the center of a 22-county trade area
  
 Travel Trade
 Annual Revenues  $423.7 million
 Generated Local Taxes  $7.5 million
 Employed  3,731
 Annual Payroll  $82.7 million
 Hotel/Motel Rooms  3,283
 Food Establishments (city permits issued)  655
 Radio Stations (AM & FM)  28
 Local TV Stations  10
 Local Newspapers (Daily and Weekly)  3
  
 Military Installations
 Employment (Active Duty & DoD Civilian)  5,051*
 Total Annual Payroll  $263.5 million*
 Total Economic Impact to Abilene/Local Area  $441.5 million*
 Air Combat Command Base
 Air Mobility Command Tenant Unit
 Two B-1B Flying Squadrons including all B-1B flight training
 Two C-130 Flying Squadrons

 Military data provided by Dyess AFB Economic Resource Impact Statement FY 2013

 

 

Economic Indicators

Economic Indicator 2000 2013 2014 Change
Retail Sales (Sep) $84,393 $123,031 $127,641 3.7%
Retail Sales (YTD) $914,341 $1,197,306 $1,161,232 -3.0%
Auto Sales (Sep) $20,872 $ 27,782 $35,694 28.5%
Auto Sales (YTD) $215,885 $264,458 $317,660 20.1%
HOT Receipts (Sep) $127,423 $260,916 $302,013 15.8%
HOT Receipts (YTD) $1,124,791 $2,142,584 $2,354,300 9.9%
Enplanements (Sep) 5,722 7,769 8,404 8.2%
Enplanements (YTD) 48,977 64,990 74,435 14.5%
Employment (Sep) 62,100 66,500 67,000 0.8%
Employment (YTD Avg) 62,035 66,255 67,100 1.3%
Unemployment (Sep) 4.2% 5.0% 4.0% -20%

 

Education

Abilene is home to many institutions of higher education – four universities, two nursing schools, one two-year college, one technical college, one commercial college, and one pharmacy school. There are two main school districts in the City of Abilene – Abilene Independent School District and Wylie Independent School District –  and multiple private school systems.

Healthcare

As a regional hub, Abilene is equipped with two major healthcare systems: Abilene Regional Medical Center and Hendrick Health System. Abilene is also home of the renowned West Texas Rehabilitation Center.

Healthcare Facility Statistics
 Hospitals  4 hospitals / 870+ beds
 Nursing Homes, Retirement Centers, & Assisted Living  25 facilities / 2,300+ beds
 Doctors*  250+
 Dentist*  58**
 *Practicing Only - Abilene only; **Number reflects 2011 data as updates are currently unavailable

Hospitals

 


 

Abilene Regional Medical Center
Abilene Behavioral Health
Hendrick Health System
Reliant Abilene (In-Patient Rehabilitation)

Additional Healthcare Services

 


Abilene Bone & Joint Clinic
Cook Children’s Multi-Specialty Clinic
Hendrick Retirement Village
Sears Methodist Retirement System
Texas Oncology
Vera West Women’s Center
 

 

 

Infrastructure & Services

Electric

Texas is a deregulated State.
For more information about your power choices, visit www.powertochoose.org.

 

Transmission-Distribution
 
AEP Texas
Address:
910 Energy Drive 
Abilene, Texas 79602-7945
 
Contact:
Greg Blair
Phone: (325) 674-7422
Audinet: 8-780-7422
Fax: (325) 674-7286
 
AEP can provide dual parallel circuits to its customers. AEP operates a looped distribution system, which provides the capabilities to serve each site from more than one distribution substation or from multiple distribution circuits. In the event of a power outage, service can be rerouted to the site manually.

 

Retail Electric Sales (not inclusive)
   
Priority Power Management, LLC
Address:
500 Chestnut, Suite 1513
Abilene, Texas 79602
Contacts:
Kevin Bredemeyer, Director, Business Development
(325) 670-9001 (office)
(866) 682-0933 (fax)
(325) 669-4813 (cell)
kbredemeyer@prioritypower.net
   
  Bob Forman, Director, Business Development
(325) 670-9020 (office)
(866) 682-0933 (fax)
(325) 660-1573 (cell)
bforman@prioritypower.net
   
Pro-Star Energy Services
Address:
1 Legends Way
Arlington, Texas 76011
Contacts:
Carol Chappell, Director of Sales
(817) 892-4250
cchappell@pro-starenergy.com
325.829-4903 (Abilene)
866.283-1303 (Fax)
   
TXU Energy Services
Address:
1601 Bryan St
Dallas, Texas 75201
Contact:
Business Department – Ask for Rate Specialist
(877) 290-3723
   
Just Energy
Just Energy
Address:

Just Energy
5251 Westheimer Road
Suite 1000
Houston, Texas 77056

Contact for business services
(877) 399-2765

 


 Natural Gas

 
Atmos Energy
Address:
1449 Treadaway Blvd.
Abilene, Texas 79602
Contact:
Kenn W. Rhodes
Gas Marketing Representative / Western Region
(325) 793-5311 (Phone)
(325) 738-5103 ( Fax)
   
Major trunk lines for supply to Abilene are:
1-10" and 1-16" line from the West
1-12" line from the North
1-16" and 1-18" line from the East
1-12" line serves Dyess Air Force Base

 

 


Water

 
City of Abilene
Address:
534 Cypress Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
 
Contact:
Customer Service
(325) 676-6405
Water & Sewer Line Location
(325) 676-6425

Water Availability
Current average daily water supplied in Million Gallons Per Day:      21.4 MGD
Current system capacity in Million Gallons Per Day:                          55.9 MGD

Highest water usage is in the month of August, when high temperatures average 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water treatment system is conventional coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Expansion of the pipeline to O.H. Ivie Reservoir for future expanded water resources has been completed. This project has been funded by the USDA and municipal bonds.

Costs
Industrial Rate of $2.91 / thousand gallons
Hook-up fees are based on site location.

*City of Abilene water quality report available upon request

 


Sewer

City of Abilene
Address:
534 Cypress Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
Contact:
Customer Service
(325) 676-6405
Water & Sewer Line Location
( 325) 676-6425
General Information:
Residential population served:
Type of treatment system:
Description of secondary process:
Method of sludge disposal:                 
Description of sludge processing system:
117,000
Primary, Secondary
Conventional activated sludge
Surface disposal in sludge lagoons
High rate anaerobic digestion and discharge to ponds
     
Treatment System Capacity versus Current Use:
Component
FLOW
BOD
TSS
Current Average Load
11.2 MGD
17,451 lbs. / day
20,636 lbs. / day
System Capacity
22.0 MGD
36,696 lbs. / day
40,365 lbs. / day
*Current sewer rates in terms of FLOW, BOD, TSS, etc.
     
Parameter:

FLOW
BOD
TSS
FOG

PETROLEUM
HYDROCARBONS (TPH)

1.55 cents/1000 Gal.
9.1 cents/Pound (above 200 ppm)
6.7 cents/Pound (above 200 ppm)
9.1 cents/Pound (above 100 ppm) up to 834 lbs./day
- 0 -
9.1 cents/Pound (above 20 ppm) up to 167 lbs./day

 


Communications

AT&T
Address:
P.O. Box 5409
Abilene, Texas 79608
366 Cypress Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
Contact:
Randy Teakell, Area Manager
(325) 675-3160
 
   
Services Available
Fiber-optics in place throughout the city. Other points of presence (POPS) are available throughout the city. The infrastructure is upgraded on a continuous basis. For further information, contact AT&T.
Custom Telephone Systems and Equipment
Lucent Definity PBX
Lucent Partner
Legend Key Systems
Custom Voice Networks
Plexar
IP / Voice
ISDN SmartTrunks
Professional Office Systems
Custom Data Networks
LAN, WAN, SONET, Secure Net Service
ADSL, ISDN, DS3, OC3, OC12, ATM
Frame Relay Service
Managed Frame Relay Service
Network Integration
Cisco Equipment
Native LAN
Integrated Pathway

 

Suddenlink Business
Address:
902 S. Clack Street
Abilene, Texas 79605

 

Contact:
Ryan Pickle, Sales Manager
(325) 437-4411 Office
(325) 725-3867 Mobile
ryan.pickle@suddenlink.com
 
   
Services Available
With a robust fiber optic network and backhaul capabilities in unique areas, Suddenlink delivers flexible solutions serving multiple technologies: business class phone lines, high speed internet, and video throughout the city.

Managed Service and Hosted Services
Security Solutions including firewalls, intrusion protection, virus protection, spyware prevention, and VPNs; Web hosting with the ability to e-commerce, Microsoft Exchange, and sharepoint

Custom Commercial Multi-Dwelling Units (MDU) and Hotel Solutions

Voice Solutions

  • Business class phone lines (POTS)
  • Unlimited long distance
  • PRI trunk over fiber
  • SIP trunks

 

Data Network Solutions
(scalable and reliable)

  • COAX - speeds up to 50Mbps
  • FIBER - speeds up to 2Gig
  • LAN
  • WAN
  • SONET
  • Net Secure Firewall Protection
  • ISDN PRI
  • DS3
  • OC3
  • OC12

 

 

 

Location

Abilene is the geographic center of the world's largest free trade zone, which includes 360 million consumers and a six trillion dollar economy. Abilene's integrated transportation and telecommunication networks provide convenient access to all US and Canadian markets as well as the consumer markets in Mexico and all points south.

Abilene is centrally located in the state of Texas providing easy access to both east and west coasts, the industrial midwest and northeast, and the large emerging markets in Mexico.
 

International

International Highway

Mexico City
Monterrey
Guadalajara
Del Rio, TX
Laredo, TX

Mileage

1,078
519
987
250
401

 

National

National Highway

Albuquerque, NM
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
St. Louis, MO
Santa Fe, NM
Seattle, WA

Mileage

484
963
1,080
707
1,255
1,727
779
476
1,919

 

Regional

Regional Highway

Albuquerque, NM
Baton Rouge, LA
Little Rock, AR
New Orleans, LA
Oklahoma City, OK
Roswell, NM
Santa Fe, NM
Shreveport, LA
Texarkana, TX
Tulsa, OK

Mileage

484
597
500
674
284
309
476
369
359
386

 

State

State Highway

Amarillo
Austin
Dallas
El Paso
Houston
Laredo
San Antonio

Mileage

286
220
184
453
351
401
246

All Mileage may vary depending on routes traveled. Mileage listed from Google Maps (shortest route).

Military Installations

Abilene is home to Dyess Air Force Base and the B-1B which has called Dyess home for over 25 years. We’ve also seen the arrival of 28 new C-130J aircraft which are stationed at Dyess, making it the largest active-duty C-130J aircraft base in the USAF. Established in 1943 as Abilene Army Air Base (AAB), the base was named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel William Dyess (a native of Albany, Texas). Dyess AFB is home to the 7th Bomb Wing and the 317th Airlift Group.

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) was formed over fifty years ago as part of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. MAC’s mission is to maintain and expand the military presence and missions, and continue the strong relationship with our military community. MAC is instrumental in ensuring Dyess remains a premier large aircraft installation, modernizing base infrastructure, and supporting our more than 5,000 military and civilians in addition to 8,000 family members and retirees.

Dyess Air Force Base
Air Combat Command Base
Air Mobility Command Tenant Unit

Two B-1 Flying Squadrons (including all B-1 flight training)
Two C-130 Flying Squadrons
Total B-1 Aircraft 34
Total C-130 J Aircraft 28
Employment (Active Duty & DoD Civilian) 5,051
Total Annual Payroll
$263.5 million
Total Economic Impact
$441.5 million
Data provided by Dyess AFB Economic Resource Impact Statement FY 2013

 

Quality of Life

With its rich western heritage and contemporary lifestyle, Abilene has something for everyone. From Artwalk to the Zoo, learn more about the exciting activities our city has to offer. If you’re thinking of relocating, you owe it to yourself and your family to consider Abilene. Our small town atmosphere and big city amenities make it a great place to call home. When people visit Abilene, most comment on its strong sense of community. Abilene prides itself on offering a number of community services that only major metropolitan areas offer. You'll find five golf courses, a full roster of community and college sports, first class tennis facilities, and 29 city parks, all for your enjoyment. At the center of a 19-county region, our city is a financial hub of enormous strength and stability for both individuals and businesses. With a strong commitment to education, Abilene is also home to major universities, colleges, technical colleges, and outstanding local school districts.

Taxes

Property Taxes
  Assessed Value Rate per $100 Assessed Ratio to Current Value
County & Road 0.5047 100%
City 0.6860 100%
School 1.1501 100%
Total Effective Rate 2.3408
100%

 

Sales Tax

Tax rates change September of each year. City sales tax 8.25% = 6.25% state tax plus 2% local tax (1.5% to the city, 0.5% used for economic development).

Transportation

Abilene’s integrated transportation network provides convenient access to all U.S. and Canadian markets, as well as the large emerging markets in Mexico. The Abilene Regional Airport is an Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139 certified airport on 1,700 city own acres, located approximately three nautical miles southeast of the central business district. Abilene is located on the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad. There are multiple freight and overnight carriers that operate in Abilene. Two bus lines also serve the city. Abilene’s location and its connecting highways make it an ideal location for transporting goods. Information about transportation options is grouped into the following sections: Air, Rail, Freight & Overnight, and Highway.