Community Performance Index

Monitoring The Metrics That Matter

This Community Performance Index is a set of shared metrics that tracks the region’s change on critical economic and environmental outcomes. Measuring change in the areas that matter most for continued long-term success will help improve our region’s economic competitiveness. This is the first year of this effort.

Interpreting the Dashboard

CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: If applicable, showcases the change from previous year to most current data available. Data reflects metropolitan statistical area (MSA) unless otherwise indicated.

PEER RANK: 1=BEST, 7=WORST The 7-peer regions are listed below.

Data Dictionary

PDF Download of Indicators and Narrative

Businesses & Jobs




Labor Force


Military & Veterans



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Peer Regions

Peer regions were selected based on demographic and economic characteristics, location, potential aspirational areas of improvement, and/or evidence of competition with the Abilene area for business or talent. 

Grand Prairie, Texas

Killeen, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Midland, Texas

Odessa, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas

Research Partners

The creation of this dashboard was led in collaboration of the following research partners: 

Nathaniel Ellsworth

Contact for More Information

Nathaniel Ellsworth

Data Manager