It received city rights in 1414. The church of Abbekerk has a tower dating from 1656. Until 1979, Abbekerk was a separate municipality.
In 2001, the town of Abbekerk had 1768 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.37 km², and contained 689 residences. The wider statistical area of Abbekerk has a population of around 1980.
^CBS, Inwonertal op basis van Wijk 09 Abbebroek - Buurt 00 Abbekerk (2008)
^Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
^Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Gemeente Op Maat 2004: Noorder-Koggenland.