Three Christian universities are located in Abilene: Hardin-Simmons University (Southern Baptist Convention), McMurry University (United Methodist Church), and Abilene Christian University (Churches of Christ).
Ranking ranks among the most conservative American cities
It is third in the list of most conservative American cities and the second most conservative among Texas' cities. The conservatism is widespread in West Texas, and Abilene is the home of Dyess Air Force Base, one of two locations for the B-1 bomber.
Abilene was the home of two prominent Texas historians, Rupert Richardson and B W Aston, both affiliated with Hardin-Simmons University. Gary Perkins, disc jockey and musician, was born in Abilene but made his mark in El Paso, Texas, and San Diego, California.
- 2005 study rankings on liberal and conservative cities. Posted Oct 27, 2014. Accessed March 18, 2015