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Overview

Introduction to Harker Heights, Texas

Harker Heights, Texas, in Bell county, is 4 miles SE of Killeen, Texas (center to center) and 56 miles N of Austin, Texas. Part of the surrounding Killeen - Temple metro area, the city is not an isolated city.

Harker Heights History

The area now known as Harker Heights was once owned by Pinckney R. Cox and Harley Kern. In fact, the city was named after Harley Kern. In 1957, Cox and Kern subdivided their land and began selling the lots. The area was incorporated on September 24, 1960, and Cox became the first mayor. Harker Heights annexed the Comanche Hills Utility District in December 1988. The city is part of the Killeen Temple Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Harker Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Stillhouse Hollow Lake
  • 1st Cavalry Division Museum
  • Mother Neff State Park
  • Railroad & Heritage Museum
  • Czech Heritage Museum
  • Earle-Harrison House & Gardens

Things To Do In Harker Heights

Harker Heights offers numerous recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Among the local parks and playgrounds are the Carl Levin City Park, Kern Park, Skipcha Park, Cardinal Greenspace, Summit Soccer Complex, Booker Greenspace, and Sprint Park. The Stillhouse Hollow Lake provides facilities for fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, picnicking, and swimming. Golf lovers can also visit the Killeen Municipal Golf Course.

Harker Heights Transportation

Air transportation is available from Robert Gray AAF.

Harker Heights Higher Education

Central Texas College and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor are the nearby institutes of higher education.

People

Total Population 28,199
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 7.8%
Employed Population 16+ 11,395
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,526
% Above Poverty Level 82.9%
% Below Poverty Level 17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.7%
Median Gross Rent $797
Median House Value $165,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 7.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Harker Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SE of Killeen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles N of Austin, Texas
County Bell
Metro Area Killeen - Temple
Standard Zip Codes 76542, 76543, 76548
Phone Area Codes 254
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.083
Longitude -97.659

Harker Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KILLEEN 3 S
Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Station BELTON DAM
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches
Station MCGREGOR
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Harker Heights, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Maxdale (76542)

Youngsport (76542)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belton 19,766 $56,612
Copperas Cove 33,005 $60,911
Florence 870 $51,042

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Harker Heights Public Libraries

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Harker Heights Public Library
100 E BEELINE LN
Harker Heights, Texas
(254) 699-5008
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