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Overview

Introduction to Abilene, Kansas

Abilene, Kansas, in Dickinson county, is located 83 miles W of Topeka, Kansas (center to center) and is 85 miles N of Wichita, Kansas.

Abilene History

Abilene was founded in 1857 by Timothy Hersey and Eliza Hersey. At that time it served as a stage coach stop. The city derived its name from a passage in the Bible, which means "city of the plains." It is the county seat of Dickinson County, which was created on February 20, 1857. The stockyards of Joseph G. McCoy helped in the development of the city. Abilene was the first "cow town" of the west.

Abilene and nearby Attractions

  • Fashion Museum
  • American Indian Art Center
  • Old Abilene Town and Western Museum
  • Milford State Park
  • Lebold Mansion

Things To Do In Abilene

Visitors can plan a trip to the Fashion Museum, Old Abilene Town and Western Museum, and Heritage Center of Dickinson County while in Abilene. You can also enjoy a tour to the Old Abilene Town. Book lovers can enjoy their leisure at the Carnegie Library. The Abilene City Park Historic District is also worth visiting. Abilene also hosts several events and festivals like the Central Kansas Free Fair, Western Heritage Festival, and Chisholm Trail Festival every year.

Abilene Transportation

Air transportation can be availed from Manhattan Regional Airport.

Abilene Higher Education

Kansas State University, Emporia State University, Hutchinson Community College, and several other colleges and universities provide opportunities for higher studies.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,598
Male Share of the Population50.3%
Female Share of the Population49.7%
Senior Citizens20.3%
Employed Population 16+3,002
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married54.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.4%
Median Earnings25+$31,304
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,464
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,825

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,611
% Above Poverty Level90.3%
% Below Poverty Level9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone36.5%
Median Gross Rent$599
Median House Value$122,700

Ancestry

German32.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.5%
Irish12.7%
English8.1%
Scottish2.8%
Dutch2.6%
French Except Basque2.3%
Swedish1.7%
Norwegian1.3%
South African1%
African1%
Polish0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Italian0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Czech0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Slovene0.2%
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Abilene Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dickinson County
Standard Zip Codes67410
Phone Area Codes785
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.92
Approximate Longitude-97.22

Abilene Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationABILENE 1 W
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 41 F
Apr Temp43 to 70 F
Jul Temp69 to 94 F
Oct Temp46 to 72 F
Annual Precip32.7 inches
StationHERINGTON
Distance22.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 38 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp67 to 91 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip35.9 inches
StationSALINA MUNICIPAL AP
Distance25.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 39 F
Apr Temp43 to 67 F
Jul Temp69 to 93 F
Oct Temp46 to 70 F
Annual Precip32.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chapman1,410$62,639
Enterprise999$46,188
Hope477$53,750
New Cambria130$48,750
Solomon1,095$53,274
Woodbine168$62,639

Abilene Public Libraries

Abilene Public Library
209 NW 4TH
Abilene, Kansas
(785) 263-3082

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Abilene Hospitals

Memorial Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
511 Ne 10th St
(785) 263-6610
Memorial Hospital Ltcu (village Manor)
705 N Brady Street

Abilene Public Schools

Abilene High School
1300 N Cedar
ZIP: 67410
(785) 263-1260
High
Total Enrollment 534
Abilene Middle School
500 Northwest 14th
ZIP: 67410
(785) 263-1471
Middle
Total Enrollment 376
Blue Ridge Elem
1539 Hwy 18
ZIP: 67410
(785) 598-2226
Primary
Total Enrollment 89
Garfield Elem
300 N W 7th
ZIP: 67410
(785) 263-1643
Middle
Total Enrollment 248
Kennedy Elem
1501 N Kuney
ZIP: 67410
(785) 263-1088
Primary
Total Enrollment 272
Mckinley Elem
112 N Rogers
ZIP: 67410
(785) 263-2311
Primary
Total Enrollment 257
Rural Center Elem
902 1400 Avenue
ZIP: 67410
(785) 479-2213
Primary
Total Enrollment 33

Abilene Private Schools

Abilene Baptist Academy
409 N Van Buren St
ZIP: 67410
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
St Andrew's Elementary School
301 S Buckeye Ave
ZIP: 67410
Elementary
Total Enrollment 72
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