Introduction to Gatesville, Texas

Gatesville, Texas, in Coryell county, is 22 miles N of Killeen, Texas (center to center) and 80 miles N of Austin, Texas. The city is included in the Killeen - Temple metropolitan area.

Gatesville History

This region was originally owned by Richard G. Grant. Following the establishment of Coryell County in 1854, Grant donated the land on which the community of Gatesville was organized. It was named after the nearby Fort Gates. A post office was established in July, 1854, and James C. Newton became the postmaster. After the Civil War, a number of settlers moved to this area, and Gatesville was officially incorporated in 1870. The Waco-to-Gatesville section of the Texas and St. Louis Railway was established in 1882, thereby opening the region for commerce. Soon, Gatesville emerged as the shipping and supply center of the county. The economy also benefited largely from the construction of Fort Hood in the 1940s.

Gatesville and Nearby Attractions

  • Coryell Museum and Historical Center
  • Faunt Le Roy Park
  • Buckhorn Museum
  • Mother Neff State Park
  • Cameron Park Zoo
  • Earle-Harrison House & Gardens

Things To Do In Gatesville

Gatesville is home to the Coryell Museum and Historical Center which preserves the arts, sciences, and history of the region. The nearby Buckhorn Museum showcases trophy mounts of a variety of animals, fish, and birds. It also features the Hall of Texas History Wax Museum where more than 400 years of Texas history is depicted through interactive displays. Earle-Harrison House & Gardens, a Greek Revival style mansion constructed in the late 1850s, is a place of historic interest near Gatesville. Mother Neff State Park, spread across 259 acres of land along the Leon River, offers facilities for the enjoyment camping, picnicking, and fishing. Faunt Le Roy Park, and Cameron Park Zoo are the other popular destinations in the area. The city also hosts the Shivaree festival during June every year.

Gatesville Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Waco Regional Airport.

Gatesville Higher Education

Central Texas College operates a satellite campus in Gatesville. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Temple College, Paul Quinn College, and McLennan Community College are some of the other colleges near the city.


Total Population 15,826
Male Share of the Population 41.7%
Female Share of the Population 58.3%
Senior Citizens 6.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,425
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 32.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $47,308
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $731
Median House Value $85,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.8%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 14.2%

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

Gatesville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles N of Killeen, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 80 miles N of Austin, Texas
County Coryell
Metro Area Killeen - Temple
Standard Zip Codes 76528
Company Zip Codes 76596, 76597, 76598, 76599
Phone Area Codes 254
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.435
Longitude -97.743

Gatesville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 61 F
Apr Temp 53 to 80 F
Jul Temp 71 to 96 F
Oct Temp 54 to 82 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Distance 20.3 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
Station EVANT 1 SSW
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Arnett (76528)

Ater (76528)

Fort Gates (76528)

Izoro (76528)

Leon Junction (76528)

Levita (76528)

Mountain (76528)

Pidcoke (76528)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Copperas Cove 33,005 $60,911
Crawford 671 $59,922

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

Gatesville Public Libraries

Gatesville Public Library
111 N 8TH ST
Gatesville, Texas
(254) 865-5367

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Gatesville Hospitals

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(254) 865-8251
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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