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Abilene, Texas

Abilene Texas
Administration
Full nameCity of Abilene
Official nameCity of Abilene
Settlement typeCity
CountryUSUnited States
StateTexasTexas
CountiesTaylor & Jones
Government
TypeCouncil-Manager
City CouncilMayor Norm Archibald
Shane Price
Joe Spano
Anthony Williams
Robert O. Briley
Stormy Higgins
Kellie Miller
City ManagerLarry Gilley
Geography
Total Area110.6 sq mi (286.5 km2)
Land Area105.1 sq mi (272.2 km2)
Water Area5.5 sq mi (14.2 km2)
Elevation1719 ft (524 m)
Demography
Total Population117063 (2010)
Density (pop.)429.9/km2 (1113.4/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)107041
Metro (pop.)160245
DemonymAbilenian
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes79600-79699
Area code325
FIPS code48-01000 
GNIS feature ID1329173 

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Abilene (c-eniconˈæbəliːn ) is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in west central Texas. The population was 117,063 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2006 estimated population of 158,063. It is the county seat of Taylor County. Dyess Air Force Base is located on the west side of the city.

Abilene is located off Interstate 20, between exits 279 on its western edge and 292 on the east. Abilene is 150 mi (241.4 km) west of Fort Worth, Texas. The city is looped by I-20 to the north, US 83/84 on the west, and Loop 322 to the east. A railroad divides the city down the center into north and south. The historic downtown area is on the north side of the railroad.

The fastest-growing sections of the city are growing to the southwest, along Southwest Drive, the Winters Freeway, and the Buffalo Gap Road corridor; the southeast, along Loop 322, Oldham Lane, Industrial Drive, and Maple Street; and in the northeast near the intersection of SH 351 and I-20. Many developments have begun in these three areas within the last few years. There are three lakes in the city, Lytle Lake on the western edge of Abilene Regional Airport, Kirby Lake on the southeast corner of the US 83/84 & Loop 322 interchange, and Lake Fort Phantom Hill in Jones County in north Abilene.


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