Abilene has the 173rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 3.6% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Abilene area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Abilene has the 241st largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Abilene is below average at $38,900, and the median cost of a home in Abilene is $95,000, which is below the national average. 22% of workers in Abilene hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 83% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Abilene. 80% of Abilene workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 11% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Abilene spend an average of 15 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.