Abilene old west charmer with the good life at $40K incomeAbilene old west charmer with the good life at $40K incomehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=147672016-10-11T05:00:00Z2016-10-11T20:15:00Z

​​​​​ABILENE - AARP named Abilene as one of the top five best cities in which to "live the good life" on $40,000 a year.​​​

The article praises Abilene's cultural scene, specifically mentioning The Grace Museum and the Paramount Theatre​. ​

The article gives Dyess Air Force Base credit for bringing a "diverse population since the 1940s." 

Abilene is also The Storybook Capital of Texas. You never know who might drive by.

Abilene is "authentically Texan with lots of boots, hats, and barbecue joints."

The $40,000 figure is a "reasonable retirement income," said Mary C. Hickey, editor-in-chief of AARP Media's integrated content team.​

AARP's October/November issue names ​other cities including Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Cleveland and Eugene, Oregon,.

AARP worked with a research firm that specializes in such city analyses giving the researchers measures related to a retirement population, including cost of living, tax rate, and access to health and cultural institutions.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Abilene's median household income is $42,766.​

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