Population: 138,745Median home value: $118,400 79 Ranks better than 93% of areas
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A+ Killeen Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Killeen Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Texas
8713% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Killeen cost of living
F Killeen Crime Total crime is 19% higher than Texas
Total crime
3,58230% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2830% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
3%Year over year crime is up
Killeen crime
F Killeen Employment Household income is 12% lower than Texas
Median household income
$48,15713% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,30729% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%41% higher than the US average
Killeen employment
B Killeen Housing Home value is 17% lower than Texas
Median home value
$118,40036% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8768% lower than the US average
Home ownership
46%27% lower than the US average
Killeen real estate or Killeen rentals
A Killeen Schools HS graduation rate is 11% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
87%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
69%40% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:17% higher than the US average
Killeen K-12 schools or Killeen colleges

Living in Killeen, TX

Killeen, Texas is a mid-sized city with a population of 138,745 inhabitants. Killeen is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (46%) and Black or African American (36%). If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Killeen residents is 28.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Killeen is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in Texas, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. With useful information like crime, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Killeen and in the areas around Killeen is a much easier task.

Killeen has a livability score of 80 out of 100 and is ranked #413 in Texas and #1,944 in the USA. Based on this score, Killeen would be considered a very livable city! The cherry on top is that Killeen also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. If we check out each of the categories individually, we see that Killeen ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+), weather (B+), education (A) and housing (B). Killeen does not fare well for the following: crime (F) and employment (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Killeen on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Knowing that the Killeen schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 69%, which is far higher than the national average.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Killeen has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Killeen. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Killeen are affordable. The median home price for Killeen homes is $118,400, which is 17% lower than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Killeen, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 3.8% lower than the Texas average.

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Theres nothing to do here , everything there is to do is going out to eat and the movies . heres no form of entertainment and a lot of drug deals going around the neighborhood. it is not safe for a growing child.
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County of bell

This is an excellent opportunity for children and extremely safe all city offices are organized and prompt schools are excellent and virtually no crime at all compared to most major cities
  • 0 -3

Please beware of your surroundings if you happen to move here, because Killeen is a real eye sore and a high crime area filled with thugs, homeless, prostitutes, and absolute garbage! I lived in this hell hole for a year and thanked God I made it out alive and well last year when I relocated closer to the Austin area. No joke, the neighbors are shady and will find ways to rob you blind if you're not careful because they know majority of this city is military families or outsiders who are not familiar to the area. If I could give this place ZERO stars, then I would for sure. I don't even recommend this place for elderly folks or retirees unless you're looking for dirt cheap land in the country.

I literally had to get an ADT security alarm for my home, because I did not realize my apartments were located in the middle of the ghetto next to the base, Ft Hood. Do NOT move anywhere near Rancier Avenue or Trimmier Rd, or anywhere near the military base because you will suffer in the long run from a string of crimes. When I first moved here in the summer of 2017, I was lucky I did not get robbed, however, the bowling alley (Bowl-A-Rama) next to my apartments had a shootout when it was getting robbed, and the dollar store (Family Dollar) got robbed back to back during Christmas time!! It's just so sad how these SLUM LORDS at these apartments (Century Plaza Apartments) do not care about their residents, because my apartment was infested with roaches, the maintenance didn't care about the landscaping (TALL GRASS), there were animal feces everywhere, and the pool was GREEN!!

I was too glad to happily break my lease contract and pay out the last two months earlier once I found a new place closer to the Austin area, and I couldn't be happier! There are no attractions worth looking at unless you've never been on a military base, the local community sucks because they don't care about security or neighborhood watch, nightlife is whack (hole in the wall clubs and dirty strip clubs) dining is SUB PAR (lots of chain restaurants) and shopping is SUB PAR (Killeen Mall is all they have for most shopping, unless you travel elsewhere).

The guys and gals here appear to really OFF and strung out on DOPE majority of time so beware of that too. All I've met here in the past year were JAILBIRDS!! I don't know what's in the water here, but everyone here seems to have a jail record or a whole bunch of kids on welfare, and that's a red flag right there. This place reminds me of inner city Chicago, because most of town is predominately black, poor, and trashy. For this city to be a "military-friendly" town is a real JOKE! There is absolutely nothing friendly about Killeen, so please do your research and move to a place where the jobs and economy are booming, like Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio area. There are no REAL job opportunities here unless you decided to be an idiot and sign a military contract into Ft Hood and deploy nearly 4 to 5 times out of your military career! (P.S. Ft Hood is also known as "Ft No Good" because it's a real CAREER ENDER)

I've never met so many divorced military guys and gals in my life until I moved here, so that right there should tell you something about the local community of Killeen.
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Killeen problems stem from the local government

Killeen has something called surcharges that they impose on top of fun e s from the courts. They blame drugs as the reason it is the way it is. The biggest drug dealers have badges. They are a city that manipulate the citizens and tear down rather than uplift their communities. The court system is a joke they give court dates out over the phone versus at the time of incidents. There are a lot of abandoned homes and apartments that prove to be eye sores. Last I checked extortion was a crime but if you have a badge here you can do whatever you want. Jwc is a company that has a monopoly on rentals. The police captain was talking about ridding the city of crime but why send your same police force to commit crimes. In an effort to stop rings that they organize. The bus system is treacherous two buses stop at 6:15 while the others stop at 5 something. The only good thing is that it is perfect for an investor that doesn't mind being able to practice being a slum lord. This city is filled with mhmr(people with mental sicknesses) all in all if the local government really cared about the community then you wouldn't be out in the streets doing the illegal things kpd does. They have all these courthouses for a city that is looks halfway abandoned. The city imposes ridiculous fees and fines on the military and show that without their presence the existence of the city would be no more. The vast number of churches show that many know there's a problem but think that is going to be the solution but if the city stopped tearing down its own community down it would thrive and they would see the crime rate decrease. Not a very promising area if you're not going to fix up one of these be condemned boarded up houses or apartments. The disease rate is high because due to the small population no matter what circle of life you're in someone will always know someone in another one so everyone is sleeping with damn near the whole city. Remember the tree that they taught in health class when you sleep with this person you sleep with everyone that they sleep with. Well all in all the city is a direct reflection of its so called representatives and leaders of the community. Smh, killeen all in all gets 2 thumbs down on the horrible infrastructure that is implemented in this god forsaken city. Making bell county a not so prosperous county. How can you solve a problem in a county that is so full of hypocrisy.
  • 4 -2
Hoe town killeen

Killeen Texas is nothing but Military wives and home wrecking sluts.The women in this town and surrounding areas have no problem sucking a dick on their lunch break even if that man has a wife..The military wives are the worst.The minute the sodiers leave for deployment the legs open to the first man available.The STD rate in this town is astronomical.The women are pure trash.The food here sucks and theres not much to do.Well unless your a dirty give this town a -negative 100.
  • 8 -13
Killeen Tx Home of Fort Hood

I have lived in Killeen for a few years, I can honestly say it has its good points and bad points like anywhere else. There are tons of people that hate it most of them are military families. When you move from place to place it is hard to make friends and your neighbors don't want to get to know you because they know you will be moving soon. They may seem a little standoffish. The best places to live in Killeen are near Trimmier Rd and Stan Schlueter loop. Copperas Cove and Harker Heights are good neighborhoods, though they can be a bit of a drive in traffic. Harker Heights has a lot of nightclubs and bars, as well as the shopping mall and a movie theater.

Killeen is horrible for crime, especially any neighborhood that is close to where Fort Hood and the Rancier/Veterans Memorial areas. You also don't want to be downtown after dark. I would avoid any house on a low numbered street, these are the bad neighborhoods. They just built a water park on Stan Schlueter loop. Close to the Mall is a nice area, south of Killeen is nice because it is all new housing, also south of Bacon Ranch road is fairly safe as well.

Killeen has a Walmart, K-mart, Super Target, Bath and Body Works, Kohl's, and Jcpenney. There is plenty of shopping to be found in the mall. The Mark Restaurant is the best Steakhouse in town. The best meat market in town is Cospers over on the East Elm Road. Plus there's some really nice public parks too. Killeen also has the Central Texas State fair Labor day weekend as well as stock car races at Texas Thunder Speedway.
  • 5 -2
Targets Military

City of Killeen targets the military and behind closed doors allows businesses within the city limits to target primarily military personnel. I lived between Washington DC and Baltimore, and have noticed Killeen's, cost of consumer items and services are almost identical to the Maryland area. The only upside is houses of equal construction and size are roughly half the price of the Maryland area. Crime is significantly high. Schools in general, are sub-par for similar sized towns. City of Killeen forces there will similar to a Home Owners Association. And the residents of Killeen treat most military personnel as outsiders. Hiring practices are restrictive to military, day to day business do not cater to military. For example, day care cost almost the same as in Maryland, hours of operation are more restrictive, and on and on. Harker Heights is slightly better, and Coppers Cove even better. The Maryland area did not cater to the military on any way but all places where more military friendly. I would also include Austin, Houston, San Antonio and a significant number of other Texas towns more military friendly then Killeen.
  • 2 -1
Look elsewhere

I don't have a problem with mixed feelings when it comes to Killeen. I have had nothing but bad experiences with this town since the moment I moved in. I have gotten my home broken into 2 times in 4 months, the people are mostly rude, and the drivers are ridiculous. The crime rate is through the roof. I have met ONE neighbor that even says hello and I'm pretty sure that "merging" or "going the speed limit" is not in the vocabulary of anyone in this forsaken city. It's just pretty much one big ghetto as far as I'm concerned and I grew up in the L.A. area in California and have seen my share of unsavory places.
There is nothing to do and it is located right smack dab in the middle of nowhere, you have to drive to Austin or Dallas to find anything suitable to do if you are not 19, single and an alcoholic. Considering I don't have a choice where I live since my husband is military, Killeen was the only real option to live. I did NOT do my research before moving here and that was a mistake I will NEVER make again. Had I known what a true dump this place was I would have chosen to move a little further from Fort Hood such as Harker Heights which is right next to Killeen. My husband is getting moved to Kentucky in a few months and I could not be happier to get out of this place. If I never hear the word "Killeen" again it will be too soon. If it is any indication, I recently looked up Killeen on Youtube and the most popular video was of a fight between males AND females in front of a car wash and Bush's Chicken with weaves flying all over the place. I think at one point a guy hit a girl. That pretty much sums it up here.
  • 3 -1
Killeen - mixed feelings

Before I start my review, let me tell you what everybody says about this place: you either hate it or love it. It really depends on what kind of background you have, what type of personality you have, where you are from and whether you are single or married with kids.

I live here, I didn't come here for only one weekend and I definitely see this place from a completely different point of view than the previous poster. Killeen is located right next to Ft. Hood and it therefore serves the needs of the military. It's a real military town with no real economy; it is kind of like an extension of the base, it is like a big off-post housing area. If you are single and outgoing, you might like Killeen because it has excellent restaurants and you don't have to drive far to get anything basic for living. If you have kids, however, your entertainment is very limited (non-existent is a better word). No zoo, no museums, no nice parks. Fortunately, they have a bunch of nice pools on the base which really help out in the heat but if you are not in the military or not related to the military, I cannot see why you would want to live here. Killeen is a real armpit with high violent and property crime rates concentrated in the downtown and Northern areas. Yeah, this is something you don't figure out about this place on a weekend trip if you are lucky. In addition, the drivers are horrible. I have been living here for a few months only and I already had a major accident (not at my fault) and more close calls than at any other places in my entire life. Most people are rude. If you move here, don't be surprised if you say hi to your neighbors and there is an awkward silence following. 99% of the people will not say hi, will not try to approach you and if you want to be friendly, they are like "what the hell?" This is because of the transient nature of the area. People move in and out all the time. You don't know your neighbors and they don't even want you to know them because they know you are going to move out in a year or two. It is very hard to make friends if you don't know anyone here (I have lived at other military places as a military spouse, I can only say good about those other places, Killeen is very hostile compared to those and I have had very bad experiences here in many aspects). Due to the large population (especially of the dependents), there are no jobs if you are not in the military unless you want to be a waitress in a restaurant or work for a tiny company with a Master's degree for minimum wage. The weather is hot (summertime is miserable according to many people, I personally don't have a problem with it but I don't love it either) and you might like this climate if you hate the cold. Properties are cheap and they do have several nice new housing developments (with a high burglary rate though). Unlike on the East Coast and in many other states, most houses are brand new in the Killeen area. It is a rapidly developing area regarding housing and infrastructure but there is nothing else here other than the military. If Ft. Hood ceased to exist, so would Killeen.

People who tend to like this place are usually young, single soldiers, families from TX (who are used to this area and the weather, probably have relatives around), families from other states with very harsh winters. Most people do not like to live here because they have been to far better places (it is not hard to find one for sure).
  • 3 -1
Killeen, Texas: A Great Time!

I had the opportunity to stay a weekend in the city of Killeen, Texas last April on a visit to see my nephew. Since he was living there and attending Texas A and M University - Central Texas, he knew all the local spots and attractions that Killeen is famous for. It ended up being an action packed and fun filled weekend.

Killeen is the home of Fort Hood, which is responsible for adding many citizens to its population of nearly eighty-six thousand residents. I was amazed at the size of the fort and all of its surrounding land. I also learned that Fort Hood had donated much of its acreage to develop the University grounds.

We enjoyed some racing action at the Texas Thunder Speedway, played eighteen holes of golf at the beautifully kept Municipal Golf Course and took in a performance at the Vive Les Arts Community Center. This theatre provides a number of famous shows during each season and also conducts children's theatre workshops every year.

As it happened, my visit coincided with Killeen's annual Festival of the Flags, which is held the last weekend in April. This is a unique festival that includes free concerts, a huge car show and many food vendors located throughout the city.

I chose to stay at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel and the rooms were great! On my last night, we went to eat at the Caribbean American Choice Restaurant, which serves wonderful food. They have a wide variety on their menu and enormous portions for the price. It was a wonderful weekend, thanks to all Killeen has to offer.
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