Choosing the right neighborhood is extremely important when looking for a new place to live, especially if you have kids. Which Abilene neighborhoods are the safest?

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The website Neighborhood Scout, using data collected from 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, compiled a list of types of crime that occur within Abilene. They then mapped out specific crimes and categorized them into violent crime, property crime, motor vehicle theft, crime density, and more.

Using this method, the website was able to pinpoint which neighborhoods are Abilene's safest.

What are the safest neighborhoods in Abilene?

  1. Dyess Air Force Base West
  2. Dyess Air Force Base - ya think? lol
  3. Chimney Rock Area
  4. Ft. Phantom Area
  5. Lytle Area West
  6. Lytle Area 
  7. Potosi 
  8. Far Southside Abilene
  9. Impact/Buck Creek
  10. River Oaks/Brook Hollow

It appears that most of these neighborhoods are on the outskirts of the city. I actually live in the Potosi area and have watched it grow immensely. In fact, it seems far south Abilene and far north Abilene are booming. By the way, what's up with Impact? Do people still live there?

More Abilene Crime Statistics

In addition to listing the safest neighborhoods in Abilene, the website also gave the 'Key City' a crime index of 15. That means Abilene is safer than only 15% of U.S cities.


The website also reported that, on average, the chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Abilene are 1 in 209.

The crime rate in Abilene is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 25 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Abilene is 1 in 39. Based on FBI crime data, Abilene is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Texas, Abilene has a crime rate that is higher than 86% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes. (via Neighborhood Scout)


Wow, when you put it like that, it doesn't put Abilene in a good light at all. Still, I'd hang my hat on the fact that our city is a great place to live with a community that goes above and beyond for each other. But, if you're going to live here, you might consider one of the neighborhoods listed above.

Head over to Neighborhood Scout to check out the entire crime statistics for Abilene.

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