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Originally based on livestock and agriculture, Abilene's economy is now built on the education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and petroleum sectors. Dyess Air Force base, located less than 10 miles from the city, is a major local employer. Abilene is home to several high-ranking public schools, and there are plenty of private and religious school options as well. Several colleges are located within the city, including Abilene Christian University, Cisco Junior College and Texas State Technical College West Texas. With more than 1,000 acres of open space divided into nearly 30 parks and three athletic complexes, Abilene offers lots of opportunities to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. The popular Abilene Zoo keeps more than 1,000 animals from around the world.



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A city founded by cattlemen as a shipping point for their stock, the west central Texas city of Abilene has grown into a bustling city of some 120,000 residents. Whether you're looking for a large single-family home on a Texas-sized lot, an easy-to-maintain condo or something in between, chances are you can find what you're looking for in Abilene. And, with a median home price that is lower than that of Texas as a whole, the city offers homebuyers value, as well.
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