Share This Page

Impact, north of Abilene, voted incorporation in 1960 as the only wet town in dry Taylor County. When two liquor stores opened in Impact, Abilene lawyers went to court to oppose the incorporation of the town. In 1963 the Texas Supreme Court upheld the incorporation and also the selling of liquor in Impact. The town, covering forty-seven acres, was named for Impact, Incorporated, the advertising business of its mayor, Dallas Perkins. The population of Impact in 1970 was sixty-one. In the late 1970s the city of Abilene voted to legalize the sale of alcohol in a local-option election, and Impact lost its reason for being. Most of the liquor businesses in Impact soon closed, and the community became just another suburb of Abilene. By 1992 Impact reported a population of twenty-five. The population grew to thirty-nine in 2000.

Handbook of Texas Logo

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

Belongs to

Impact is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists


Place type

Impact is classified as a Town


Latitude: 32.50017680
Longitude: -99.74652500

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Impact by the Numbers

This is some placeholder text that we should either remove or replace with a brief summary about this particular metric. For example, "We update population counts once per year..."

Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
22 2020 United States Census Bureau
33 2019 Texas Demographic Center
35 2010 United States Census Bureau
39 2000 United States Census Bureau
25 1990 United States Census Bureau