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West Texas outpost, population 120,000, 150 miles west of Fort Worth.
- PROS: Robust economy, cost of living 17% below national average. Median home price $156,000. A low rate of violent crime. A high number of doctors per capita, extremely high rank on Milken Institute list of best cities for successful aging. Warm climate. Good air quality. Home to seven colleges.
- CON: Not very walkable.
- TRIVIA: Named for Abilene, Kan.