Abilene, Texas Population 2019
Abilene is a city located in the state of Texas. It is located in Taylor County, where it serves as the county seat, as well as Jones County. The city’s Dyess Air Force Base, combined with rapid expansion particularly in the southwest, southeast and northeast sections of the city, has led to continued population growth in Abilene. The city’s last official population count was 117,063, according to the last census taken in 2010. This number has since increased to 121,721.
City Size and Population Density of Abilene
The city is over 110 square miles in area with a population density of 1,113 people per square mile.
Abilene Population Demographics
Abilene’s population is primarily white, with this race accounting for over 78% of the total population. The remainder of the population is 8.81% black, 1.33% Asian, 8.73% another race, and 2.44% mixed race. Native Americans and Pacific Islanders each make up less than 1% of the population. Over 19% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino descent. There are more men than women residing in Abilene, with 101.1 men for every 100 women. People between the ages of 25 and 44 make up the largest age group, accounting for 28.9% of the total population. Over one-quarter of the population is under 18, while 12% are at least 65 years old. Over 15% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.
Cattleranching and trade helped to build the city of Abilene. Founded officially in 1881, the area was marked into lots that were quickly sold to the campers that were looking to make a living in Texas. The first college came just ten years later.
In 1940, the city funded the purchase of enough land to provide a US Army base just outside of town. The base brought thousands of people to the area and helped strengthen the economy and the population during and after the Second World War.
Population Growth in Abilene, TX
Recent expansions in the city as well as initiatives to lure in new businesses have contributed to Abilene’s population growth. While growth has slowed down since the population boom in the early 20th century, it is still steady, with the most recent estimates showing an increase of 4.4% since the last census in 2010. This indicates that Abilene is continuing to grow at a slower—but still steady—rate.
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