Killeen, Texas

Killeen: The 11th most populous city in Texas. It is located in Bell County in central Texas. Killeen is known for its many military bases, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Central Texas State Fair and the Killeen Civic Center.


Killeen is a city located in the county of Bell in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population at the 2010 census was 127,921 and a population density of 911 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 153,991 inhabitants.

The city was created 151 years ago in 1871.

Killeen is a city located in Central Texas, about 60 miles north of Austin. With over 153,000 residents, it is the largest city in Bell County and anchors a rapidly growing metro area. Killeen is adjacent to the military post of Fort Hood.


Killeen was founded as a railroad stop by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway in 1881. It was named after Frank P. Killeen, a director of the railroad company. Killeen later became an agricultural trade center for area cotton farmers and ranchers.

The opening of Camp Hood in 1942 significantly impacted the city’s future growth. The military base required thousands of civilian service workers. Killeen incorporated as a city in 1949.

Influence of Fort Hood

Today, Fort Hood remains indispensable to the local Killeen economy. The sprawling military base provides over 45,000 local jobs and has fueled Killeen’s population boom.

Many businesses cater to serving military staff and families. Killeen also hosts the Fort Hood National Cemetery.

Attractions and Recreation

Popular sites in Killeen include:

  • The Texas Forever Veterans Memorial
  • Killeen Special Events Center
  • Heights Bowling Center on Fort Hood
  • Long Branch Park featuring a 36-hole golf course

Killeen has grown symbiotically alongside Fort Hood to now become the thriving epicenter of Central Texas military communities.

Killeen locator map
Location of Killeen on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Killeen

Population : 153,991 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
County : Bell County
Different from : Killean, County Armagh
Postal code : 76540–76549
Phone Area Codes : 254
Area : 140.4 km2
Altitude : 984 feet / 300 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1872 (151 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 01:53:00 (29th November 2023)
Density : 1,097 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 16.93% (2010-2020)
Weather : 42℉ Partly Cloudy 7-days weather
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D Avenue
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Killeen is located at 31°7'2"N 97°43'40"W (31.1171200, -97.7278000).

Killeen map


Killeen forecast: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind around 5 mph. more


The population of Killeen increased by 16.93% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 127,921 - census
2011 130,838 2.23% estimation process
2012 134,240 2.53% estimation process
2013 136,294 1.51% estimation process
2014 137,589 0.94% estimation process
2015 140,147 1.83% estimation process
2016 142,854 1.89% estimation process
2017 145,149 1.58% estimation process
2018 148,683 2.38% estimation process
2019 151,666 1.97% estimation process
2020 153,991 1.51% estimation process

Killeen zip code is 76541. County name: Bell, County fips: 48027

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People born in Killeen (42)

People born in Killeen, including US Army officer and government official Oveta Culp Hobby, astronaut Robert S. Kimbrough, model Vilayna LaSalle, .


  • Mike Stulce (athletics competitor) he was born in 21/07/1969
  • Kim Edwards (Author, educator) she was born in 04/05/1958
  • Lorenzo Williams (American basketball player (1984-)) he was born in 08/11/1984
  • Don Hardeman (American football player (1952-2016)) he was born in 13/08/1953
  • Adrian Schoolcraft (American police officer) he was born in 01/01/1976
  • Andrew Hudgins (American writer) he was born in 22/04/1951
  • Anthony Weaver (American football player and coach) he was born in 28/08/1980
  • Tommie Harris (American football player, defensive lineman) he was born in 29/04/1983
  • Chuck Commiskey (American football player) he was born in 28/03/1958
  • Danny! (American rapper) he was born in 18/08/1983
  • Denise DuBarry (American actress and activist (1956-2019)) she was born in 06/03/1956
  • Donald C. Fry (American politician) he was born in 23/06/1955
  • Jessie Prescott (character from the television series Jessie) she was born in 01/01/1993
  • Jason Hooten (American basketball player-coach) he was born in 20/04/1969
  • Jim Scoggins (American baseball player) he was born in 09/07/1891
  • John Carden (American baseball player) he was born in 19/05/1921
  • Juaquin Iglesias (American football player) he was born in 22/08/1987
  • Shannon McRandle (model) she was born in 28/08/1969

Schools in Killeen

College & universities near Killeen, TX

Code Name City ZIP
492573 National American University-Killeen Killeen (TX) 76542-1321
484136 Yahweh Beauty Academy Killeen (TX) 76543-4153
483036 Texas A&M University-Central Texas Killeen (TX) 76549
223816 Central Texas College Killeen (TX) 76549-4199
226471 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton (TX) 76513-2599

Stations (7)

Amtrak & bus stations near Killeen, TX

Code Name Address Type
KIL Killeen, Texas 200 East Avenue C BUS
FHD Fort Hood, Texas Hood Road & Old Ironsides Ave. BUS
TPL Temple 315 West Ave B RAIL
MCG McGregor 1 Amtrak Blvd. RAIL
TAY Taylor 118 East First St. RAIL

Post offices near Killeen

Post Office Name City ZIP
Killeen Post Office Killeen (TX) 76541
Fort Hood Post Office Fort Hood (TX) 76544
Copper Mountain Post Office Killeen (TX) 76542
Willow Spring Post Office Killeen (TX) 76549
Harker Heigh Post Office Harker Heights (TX) 76548

Other cities in Bell County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Bell County , TX.

City Name Population Title
Temple 80,761 The most populous city in Bell County, Texas.
Harker Heights 33,071 City in Bell County, Texas, United States
Belton 23,196 City in Texas, USA
Nolanville 6,150 City in Bell County, Texas, United States
Morgans Point Resort 4,170 City in Texas, United States
Salado 2,379 Village in the United States
Troy 2,191 City in Bell County, Texas
Little River-Academy 2,048 City in Bell County, Texas, United States
Lone Star 1,473 City in Bell County, Texas, United States
Rogers 1,253 Town in Texas, United States
Holland 1,189 Town in Texas, United States
Union Grove 372 City in Upshur County, Texas, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Killeen distances to largest Texas cities