Community Profile

Located on Interstate 14, Killeen is a place where ideas can flourish.  Killeen is a Central Texas city of 157,632 residents located 60 minutes from Austin and 90 minutes from San Antonio. Killeen is located at the intersection of I-14 and I-35 also known as the Texas Innovation Corridor. The Killeen-Temple MSA population of 478,365 is located within the Texas Triangle which accounts for 80% of Texas’s 29,145,505 population.

The city of Killeen adjoins Fort Hood, the largest Army Post in the United States with 38,000 active military and is the state’s largest single site employer contributing more than $29.8 billion to the State of Texas. 

Labor & Demographics. Residents of the Killeen-Temple MSA enjoy an unparalleled qualify of life.  Whether its employment, shopping, dining or family recreation,  the region has it all.  In fact, you can’t find a place that is more accessible and more affordable in Texas than the Killeen-Temple MSA.

  • Killeen-Temple MSA is a well-balanced region where businesses can thrive.

  • Killeen is the heart of Bell County, population 370,647, along with the vibrant cities of Temple, Harker Heights, Belton, Nolanville, Salado and other that that set it apart. 

  • The Killeen-Temple MSA’s dramatic population growth has brought about a diverse, well-educated population with access to a highly skilled workforce.

  • 66,774 (43.54%) of Killeen’s population of 157,632 are within their prime earning years (ages 25-54) with a median age of 30.2.   The Killeen Independent School District’s (KISD), A+ rated school system and 4 area colleges and universities provide an abundant supply of talent for the region. 

  • 90.5% of all KISD graduates go on to higher education.

  • $21.5 million in scholarships were offered to the class of 2020.

  • KISD graduates scored 176 point higher on the SAT compared to the national average.

  • 1,422 KISD students are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

  • 1,017 KISD students are enrolled in dual credit courses.


Thriving families. Killeen is where many professionals and their families are choosing to live, providing a large and growing talent pool. Numerous parks throughout the metro area feature plenty of playground equipment for children and a family recreation center with facilities for sports and other activities. The city also has public pools, a spray pad and the Family Aquatic Center, which offers waterslides and a 25-meter lap pool, to offer something for everyone during the hot summer months. Because of its strong military presence, the Killeen community is an eclectic mix of cultures, music, food, and customs from 37 different nations, resulting in diverse and welcoming environment for those looking to reside in the area. 

Proud of its military and cultural heritage.  The military lifestyle and presence are a major part of Killeen's identity. Throughout the metro area, residents will find flags and historical landmarks with mentions of the military. The area is home to thousands of veterans and active-duty soldiers, and it's common to see groups of soldiers eating at restaurants during weekday lunch hours. Fort Hood has been providing Killeen with a steady supply of cultural diversity. Today, more than 36,000 of Killeen's 157,632 residents were born outside of the United States. We believe in inclusiveness which is why the area continue to become more diverse over time.

Population growth. Killeen’s population has grown by 23.23% since 2010:

  • Killeen’s Hispanic population has nearly increased by 8.1%

  • Killeen’s African American population increased by 26.7%  

  • Killeen’s Asian population remains steady 4% 

Access to both I-35 and I-14 via U.S. Highway 190 a north/south NAFTA corridor between Mexica and Canada.    

  • 5 minutes to the Killeen – Fort Hood Regional Airport

  • Access to a 400,00 workforce within a 30-mile radius

  • Bell Count is 16th largest of Texas' 254 counties

  • Traffic Counts on Interstate 14 / U.S. Highway 190 is 130,000 vehicles per day


Higher education. Home to Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Central Texas College, Temple College, and the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, which produces 7,500 graduates annually and ensures that area residents and business benefit from a world-class education and career opportunities.  


Cost of Living in Killeen. In 2019, Killeen was ranked in a U.S. News and World Report as one of the best places to live in Texas and its central location offers one of the best business and housing climates in the nation. 

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