Abilene, Kansas

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Abilene, Kansas
Aerial view of Abilene (2013)
Aerial view of Abilene (2013)
Location within Dickinson County and Kansas
Location within Dickinson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Dickinson County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°55′2″N 97°12′50″W / 38.91722°N 97.21389°W / 38.91722; -97.21389Coordinates: 38°55′2″N 97°12′50″W / 38.91722°N 97.21389°W / 38.91722; -97.21389[1]
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyDickinson
Founded1857
Incorporated1869 [2]
Named forLuke 3:1 (bible)
Government
 • TypeMayor–Council
Area
 • Total4.68 sq mi (12.12 km2)
 • Land4.68 sq mi (12.12 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,155 ft (352 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total6,844
 • Estimate 
(2016)ref name="USCensusEst2016">"Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.</ref>
6,469
 • Density1,500/sq mi (560/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67410
Area code785
FIPS code20-00125 [1][4]
GNIS ID476675 [1][5]
Websiteabilenecityhall.com

Abilene (pronounced /ˈæbɪln/)[6] is a city in Dickinson County, Kansas, United States.[7] It is also the county seat. In 2010, 6,844 people lived there.[8] The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is in Abilene.

Geography[change | change source]

Abilene is at 38°55′11″N 97°13′2″W / 38.91972°N 97.21722°W / 38.91972; -97.21722 (38.919721, −97.217329). It has an elevation of 1,155 feet (352 m).[5][9] The city is on the north side of the Smoky Hill River[2] in the Flint Hills region of the Great Plains.[10]

The United States Census Bureau says the city has an area of 4.68 square miles (12.12 km2). All of it is land.[3]

Weather[change | change source]

Climate data for Abilene, Kansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 77
(25)
83
(28)
91
(33)
98
(37)
102
(39)
111
(44)
113
(45)
111
(44)
111
(44)
98
(37)
88
(31)
73
(23)
113
(45)
Average high °F (°C) 42
(6)
48
(9)
58
(14)
68
(20)
77
(25)
87
(31)
94
(34)
92
(33)
83
(28)
70
(21)
56
(13)
43
(6)
68
(20)
Daily mean °F (°C) 31
(−1)
36
(2)
46
(8)
56
(13)
67
(19)
77
(25)
82
(28)
80
(27)
71
(22)
58
(14)
45
(7)
33
(1)
57
(14)
Average low °F (°C) 21
(−6)
25
(−4)
34
(1)
44
(7)
56
(13)
66
(19)
71
(22)
68
(20)
59
(15)
46
(8)
34
(1)
23
(−5)
46
(8)
Record low °F (°C) −19
(−28)
−22
(−30)
−9
(−23)
15
(−9)
27
(−3)
39
(4)
44
(7)
41
(5)
23
(−5)
16
(−9)
−6
(−21)
−24
(−31)
−24
(−31)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.82
(21)
1.09
(28)
2.55
(65)
2.80
(71)
4.73
(120)
4.35
(110)
4.31
(109)
3.88
(99)
2.54
(65)
2.64
(67)
1.99
(51)
1.04
(26)
32.74
(832)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 4.8
(12)
3.6
(9.1)
1.9
(4.8)
0.1
(0.25)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.25)
0.8
(2.0)
2.5
(6.4)
13.8
(34.8)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.1 4.2 6.9 7.8 10.3 8.3 7.5 7.9 6.4 6.0 5.4 4.4 79.1
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 2.3 1.7 0.8 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.4 1.9 7.3
Source: The Weather Channel;[11] National Weather Service[12]

Media[change | change source]

Print[change | change source]

Abilene has one daily newspaper, The Abilene Reflector-Chronicle.[13]

Radio[change | change source]

These radio stations are in Abilene:

AM

Frequency Callsign[14] Format[15] City of License Notes
1560 KABI Adult Standards/MOR Abilene, Kansas -

FM

Frequency Callsign[16] Format[17] City of License Notes
94.1 K231AW Religious Abilene, Kansas AFR; Translator of KAKA, Salina, Kansas[18]
98.5 KSAJ-FM Oldies Abilene, Kansas Broadcasts from Salina, Kansas[19]

Television[change | change source]

Abilene is in the Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas television market.[20]

Notable People[change | change source]

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Five-star general and President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower is from Abilene.[21][22] President Eisenhower is buried in Abilene, along with his wife Mamie and their eldest son Doud. They are buried on the grounds of his presidential library.[23]


Sister Cities[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Abilene, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hoiberg, Dale H., ed. (2010). "Abilene". Encyclopædia Britannica. I: A-ak Bayes (15th ed.). Chicago, Illinois: Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-59339-837-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. William Allen White School of Journalism and Public Information (1955). A pronunciation guide to Kansas place names. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas. p. 7.
  7. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2011-06-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
  11. "Average weather for Abilene, KS". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  12. "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Weather Service Forecast Office - Topeka, KS. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  13. "About this Newspaper: Abilene reflector-chronicle". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  14. "AMQ AM Radio Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  16. "FMQ FM Radio Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. "Radio Stations in Abilene, Kansas". Radio-Locator. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
  18. "K231AW-FM Radio Station Information". Radio-Locator. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
  19. "Contact Us". KSAJ-FM. Archived from the original on 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2011-12-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  20. "Kansas TV Market Map". EchoStar Knowledge Base. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-05-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. "Abilene Years". Eisenhower Presidential Center. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  22. "President Dwight D. Eisenhower". Internet Accuracy Project. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  23. "Final Post". Eisenhower Presidential Center. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  24. "Interactive City Directory". Sister Cities International.

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