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Lets cover off Killeen first. Killeen is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. It is a “principal city” of the Killeen Temple Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. Killeen is directly adjacent to the main cantonment of Fort Hood, and as such its economy is heavily dependent on the post and the soldiers (and their families) stationed there.

Until the 1940s Killeen remained a relatively small and isolated farm trade center, but this changed drastically after 1942, when Camp Hood (re-commissioned as Fort Hood in 1950) was created as a military training post to meet the demands of the Second World War.

Laborers, construction workers, contractors, soldiers, and their families moved into the area by the thousands, and Killeen became a military boomtown. The opening of Camp Hood also radically altered the nature of the local economy, since the sprawling new military post covered almost half of Killeen’s farming trade area.

Killeen’s population is now around 100,000, making the greater Killeen area one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. A large number of military personnel from Killeen have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of April 2008, over 400 of its soldiers have died in the two wars.

Camp Hood military training, Killeen TXKilleen’s main newspaper is the Killeen Daily Herald, which has been publishing under different formats since 1890. The paper was one of four owned by the legendary Texas publisher Frank W. Mayborn, whose wife remains its editor and publisher.

The Herald also publishes the Fort Hood Herald, an independent publication in the Fort Hood area, not authorized by Fort Hood Public Affairs and the Cove Herald for the residents of Copperas Cove which is a weekly paper. The official paper of Ft. Hood, however, is The Fort Hood Sentinel, an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army that is editorially independent of the U.S. government and military.

Killeen also has a well established music scene with varying genres. Rapper Scarface from Houston has signed local group Green City to his label with the members of the group also enjoying varying levels of success, and Downsiid (a rap/rock/soul hybrid) are currently enjoying national tours and Bodog Battle of the Band contests.

Killeen is also home to Vive Les Arts Theatre, a full-time arts organization which produces several Main Stage and Children’s Theatre shows each year.

Killeen Parks & RecreationThis community theatre relies on local talent and contributions to produce its high-quality productions. Recent shows include the long-running Broadway hit Cats, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (a tribute to the songs of Fats Waller) and All Shook Up (a jukebox musical featuring the songs of Elvis Presley) Visit vlatheatre.com for information about auditions, classes and workshops, upcoming shows and more. [Next]

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Killeen is Growing

Business is booming in Killeen (population 112,000), which has prospered for more than a hundred years since its founding in 1882 by the Santa Fe Railroad to serve as a shipping station for cotton and cattle. Killeen is located in one of the fastest-growing economic corridors in the nation – an hour’s drive from Austin, three hours from San Antonio, four hours from Houston and three from Dallas. Airlines providing service to and from Killeen (40 flights daily) are American Eagle and Continental. Killeen is the home of Fort Hood, the Army’s premiere military installation.

Grow With Us

#2 Economy in Nation

MSA ranked 5th strongest economy in Texas

MSA ranks #9 in affordable housing

97,000 vehicles per day on Hwy 190

Facts and Figures

The Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Sstatistical Area (MSA) has an estimated population of nearly 380,000 people. Bolstered by the dynamic and growing presence of Fort Hood, the greater Killeen region has experienced tremendous growth that will last well into the future.

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Fort Hood is truly the largest single economic engine of not just Killeen, but the Central Texas Region. The post has seen significant growth over the years, and as it has grown so has Killeen.

2004 2007 % Change
Soldiers Assigned 44,000 53,000 +20.5%
Department of Army Civilians 4,000 5,100 +27.5%
Service/Contract Employees 6,700 9,200 +37.3%

Economy

According to the City’s 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Fort Hood 58,187
2 Killeen Independent School District 6,000
3 Central Texas College 1,360
4 MetroPlex Hospital 1,300
5 Fort Hood Exchange 1,218
6 City of Killeen 1,100
7 First National Bank 1,000
8 Sallie Mae 936
9 Killeen Mall 800
10 Wal-Mart 650