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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,716
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens7.8%
Employed Population 16+12,172
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married53%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.6%
Median Earnings25+$39,905
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,770
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,491

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,524
% Above Poverty Level85.6%
% Below Poverty Level14.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone19.7%
Median Gross Rent$817
Median House Value$167,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45.3%
German13.9%
Irish7.9%
English5.3%
Italian4.8%
Scottish2.7%
French Except Basque2.7%
Polish1.6%
Swedish1.4%
Arab1.3%
Norwegian1.2%
African1.2%
Syrian1%
Dutch1%
Czech0.8%
Greek0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Russian0.5%
Ethiopian0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Guyanese0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Harker Heights Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bell County
Standard Zip Codes76548
Phone Area Codes254
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.06
Approximate Longitude-97.65

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)

StationKILLEEN 3 S
Distance4.5 miles
Jan Temp34 to 58 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp72 to 95 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip32.8 inches
StationBELTON DAM
Distance10.5 miles
Jan Temp35 to 57 F
Apr Temp54 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 94 F
Oct Temp56 to 79 F
Annual Precip35.2 inches
StationMCGREGOR
Distance28.7 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 96 F
Oct Temp56 to 79 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belton20,138$57,195
Copperas Cove33,052$60,154
Florence957$49,750

Harker Heights Public Libraries

Stewart C Meyer Library
400 INDIAN TRL
Harker Heights, Texas
(254) 953-5491

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Harker Heights Hospitals

Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
(Proprietary)
850 West Central Texas Expressway
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Harker Heights Public Schools

Union Grove Middle
101 East Iowa Dr
(254) 336-6580
Middle
Total Enrollment 783
Skipcha El
515 Prospector Trl
(254) 336-6690
Primary
Total Enrollment 921
Harker Heights El
726 South Ann Blvd
(254) 336-2050
Primary
Total Enrollment 731
Eastern Hills Middle
300 Indian Trl
(254) 336-1100
Middle
Total Enrollment 754
Mountain View El
500 Mountain Lion Rd
(254) 336-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 682
Harker Heights H S
1001 Fm 2410
(254) 336-0800
High
Total Enrollment 2343
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