Abilene, TX (population: 120,183) has three sports schools within its city limits. Hardin-Simmons University, the highest ranked school in the city with a sports program, has a total student population of 2,305. It is the 390th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Sports students from Abilene schools who go on to become professional athletes, athletes, coaches, sports professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 13,620 people working as athletes and sports competitors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,950. Also, Umpires, referees, and other sports officials make on average $28,490 per year and there are about 14,860 of them employed in the US today.
Abilene lies in Taylor county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Abilene area has 63,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $16.24/hr average worker wage, and a $33,770 average annual salary.
Of the 3 sports schools in Abilene, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Abilene Christian University comes out as the most expensive ($21,233/yr) for sports students, with McMurry University as the lowest, reported at only $16,117/yr.