About Abilene Texas
Abilene is a great college town and home to three universities. A hidden gem, the city offers great entertainment, dining, and outdoor activities.
The sense of community you’ll find is unparalleled. You’ll run into a McMurry alumni around town ready to welcome and introduce you to friends and colleagues. Parents can feel comfortable with their student at McMurry because people in Abilene go the extra mile to welcome and help students. If you love the idea of belonging to a community, Abilene is definitely ready to welcome you.
The City of Abilene, Texas, is located approximately 180 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, near the state’s geographic center. Connected east-west by Interstate I-20, and north-south by U.S. highways 83, 84, and 277, Abilene is the center of a 22-county area commonly referred to as 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 live within the Abilene city limits.
Abilene was established in March 1881 upon completing the Texas and Pacific Railroad. Abilene’s civic progressiveness and logistic function as a regional center for distribution, commerce, industry, transportation, and education provide lodging, dining, cultural, and retail opportunities typically found only in much larger cities.