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Overview

Introduction to Killeen, Texas

Killeen is located in Bell County. The economy of Killeen is strongly dependent on nearby Fort Hood and its soldiers. The military base is one of the largest in the country.

History

In 1881 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway constructed a railroad through the Central Texas area. The company established a town and named it Killeen in tribute to Frank P. Killeen who was the assistant general manager for the railroad. By 1884 the town had several general stores, a couple of grist mills, two cotton gins, a hotel and a lumberyard. The city became a prominent shipping location for grains, cotton and wool.

By 1900 approximately 780 people resided in Killeen. In 1905 a noteworthy event occurred for the town when politicians as well as businessmen were able to persuade the Texas legislature to construct bridges over Cowhouse Creek and other streams which caused the city's trading area to double in size.

In 1942 a major event occurred, when Camp Hood (later named Fort Hood in 1950) was constructed as a military training post during World War II. Soldiers and their families along with people working in construction migrated to Killeen which caused an enormous growth in the population. More than 300 farms and ranches were eliminated due to the land requirements of Camp Hood.

The cotton gins and agricultural businesses were crushed. Providing services for the military personnel and the military base became major factors in the city's economy. When the vast majority of the military base personnel left the area after World War II ended, Killeen experienced a recession. However, Fort Hood became a permanent military base in 1950 and the economy began to thrive.

Transportation

The city is served by the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport and the small Skylark Field. Bus transportation is provided by HOP.

Attractions

  • The Killeen Civic and Conference Center contains a vast ballroom and Rodeo Arena
  • The Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theatre features star projector sky shows and laser light shows
  • The First Cavalry Division and Fourth Infantry Division museums are situated in Fort Hood
  • Benton Lake
  • Stillhouse Lake
  • Miller Springs Nature Center
  • Chalk Ridge Falls

Higher Education

The city is home to Central Texas College and Tarleton State University has a campus in the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population138,745
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens5.8%
Employed Population 16+61,297
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married53.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18%
Median Earnings25+$31,227
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,240
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,578

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,277
% Above Poverty Level85.8%
% Below Poverty Level14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone25.2%
Median Gross Rent$876
Median House Value$118,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.2%
German9.9%
Irish6.2%
English3.1%
African3%
Italian1.7%
West Indian1.6%
Scottish1.2%
Polish1.1%
French Except Basque1.1%
Jamaican0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Russian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Czech0.2%
British0.2%
Arab0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
US/American0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Killeen Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bell County
Standard Zip Codes76541, 76542, 76543, 76549, 76544, 76548
P.O. Box Zip Codes76540, 76547
Phone Area Codes254
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.09
Approximate Longitude-97.71

Killeen 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
Distance3.5 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
Distance14.5 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
StationLAMPASAS
Distance27.2 miles
Jan Temp30 to 58 F
Apr Temp51 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 94 F
Oct Temp52 to 79 F
Annual Precip31 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belton20,138$57,195
Copperas Cove33,052$60,154
Florence957$49,750
Harker Heights28,716$74,524

Killeen Public Libraries

Killeen City Library System
205 E CHURCH AVE
Killeen, Texas
(254) 501-8994

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Killeen Hospitals

Metroplex Hospital
(Non-profit)
2201 South Clear Creek Road

Killeen Public Schools

West Ward El
709 W Dean Ave
ZIP: 76541
(254) 336-1830
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Nolan Middle
505 E Jasper Rd
ZIP: 76541
(254) 336-1150
Middle
Total Enrollment 654
Fowler El
1020 Trimmier Rd
ZIP: 76541
(254) 336-1760
Creekview Academy
405 S 2nd St
ZIP: 76541
(254) 690-3962
Transformative Charter Academy
802 N 8th St
ZIP: 76541
(254) 628-8989
High
Total Enrollment 72
Clifton Park El
2200 Trimmier Rd
ZIP: 76541
(254) 336-1580
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
East Ward El
1608 E Rancier Ave
ZIP: 76541
(254) 336-1650
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Richard Milburn Alter H S (killeen)
802 N 2nd St Bldg G, Ste 301c
ZIP: 76541
(254) 634-4444
High
Total Enrollment 137
Killeen Isd Career Center
1320 Stagecoach Rd
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-3800
High
Reeces Creek El
400 W Stan Schlueter Loop
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-2150
Primary
Total Enrollment 1125
Saegert El
5600 Schorn Dr
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-6660
Primary
Total Enrollment 976
Charles E Patterson Middle
8383 W Trimmier Rd
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-7100
Middle
Total Enrollment 1249
Pathways Academic Campus
1322 Stagecoach Rd
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-7250
High
Total Enrollment 349
Trimmier El
4400 Success Dr
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-2270
Primary
Total Enrollment 771
Liberty Hill Middle
4500 Kit Carson Trl
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-1370
Middle
Total Enrollment 898
Bellaire El
108 W Jasper
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-1410
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
C E Ellison H S
909 Elms Rd
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-0600
High
Total Enrollment 2638
Timber Ridge El
5402 White Rock Dr
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-6630
Primary
Total Enrollment 1089
Cedar Valley El
4801 Chantz Dr
ZIP: 76542
(254) 336-1480
Primary
Total Enrollment 738
Troy J J A E P
4800 E Rancier
ZIP: 76543
(254) 690-7022
Rancier Middle
3301 Hilliard Ave
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-1252
Middle
Total Enrollment 715
Bell Co Jjaep
4800 E Rancier Ave Building
ZIP: 76543
(254) 690-7022
Gateway Middle
3004 Atkinson Ave
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-1690
Middle
Total Enrollment 51
Gateway H S
4100 Zephyr Rd
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-1700
High
Total Enrollment 70
Hay Branch El
6101 Westcliff Rd
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-2080
Primary
Total Enrollment 649
Killeen Jjaep
4800 E Rancier Ave
ZIP: 76543
(254) 618-4268
Other
Total Enrollment 5
Killeen H S
500 N 38th St
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-7208
High
Total Enrollment 2228
Peebles El
1800 N W S Young Dr
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-2120
Primary
Total Enrollment 766
Bell County Juv Det Ctr
4800 E Rancier Ave
ZIP: 76543
(254) 618-4268
Other
Total Enrollment 27
Bell Co J J A E P
4800 E Rancier Ave
ZIP: 76543
(254) 690-7022
Killeen Charter Academy
3209 Atkinson Ave
ZIP: 76543
(254) 778-8682
Other
Total Enrollment 151
Manor Middle
1700 S W S Young Dr
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-1310
Middle
Total Enrollment 728
Ira Cross Jr El
1910 Herndon Dr
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-2550
Primary
Total Enrollment 760
Brookhaven El
3221 Hilliard Ave
ZIP: 76543
(254) 336-1440
Primary
Total Enrollment 628
Maxdale El
2600 Westwood Dr
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-2460
Primary
Total Enrollment 753
Iduma El
4400 Foster Ln
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-2590
Primary
Total Enrollment 970
Willow Springs El
2501 W Stan Schlueter Loop
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-2020
Primary
Total Enrollment 963
Sugar Loaf El
1517 Barbara Ln
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-1940
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Pershing Park El
1500 W Central Tx Expwy
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-1790
Primary
Total Enrollment 843
Haynes El
3309 W Canadian River Loop
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-6750
Primary
Total Enrollment 1040
Metroplex School
2201 S Clear Creek Rd
ZIP: 76549
(254) 618-4268
Other
Total Enrollment 12
Palo Alto Middle
2301 W Elms Rd
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-1200
Middle
Total Enrollment 926
Robert M Shoemaker H S
3302 S Clear Creek Rd
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-0900
High
Total Enrollment 2152
Live Oak Ridge Middle
2600 Robinett Rd
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-2490
Middle
Total Enrollment 829
Dr Joseph A Fowler El
4910 Katy Creek Ln
ZIP: 76549
(254) 336-1760
Primary
Total Enrollment 834

Killeen Private Schools

Grace Lutheran School
1007 Bacon Ranch Rd
ZIP: 76542
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Memorial Christian Academy
4001 Trimmier Rd
ZIP: 76542
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 241
New Beginnings Christian Academy
3621 E Veterans Memorial Blvd
ZIP: 76543
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
St Joseph Catholic School
2901 E Rancier Ave
ZIP: 76543
Elementary
Total Enrollment 87
Killeen Adventist Jr Academy
3412 Lake Rd
ZIP: 76543
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 60
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