Abbott, Texas

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Abbott is a city in Hill County in Central Texas. The population was 328 in 2009. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of country musician Willie Nelson.



Abbott was founded in 1871 as a stop for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and was named for Jo Abbott, who represented the area in the Texas legislature at the time. Its population peaked at 713 in 1914 and has declined since.[3] The town was incorporated in 1916.


Abbott is located on Interstate 35 and is at 31°53′2″N 97°4′32″W / 31.88389°N 97.07556°W / 31.88389; -97.07556 (31.883865, -97.075680)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 300 people, 124 households, and 89 families residing in the city. The population density was 518.0 people per square mile (199.7/km²). There were 144 housing units at an average density of 248.6/sq mi (95.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.00% White, 1.00% African American, 3.00% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.67% of the population.

There were 124 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

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