Temple is a rapidly growing Central Texas town with a railroad transportation heritage starting with the 19th-century Chisholm Trail and continuing today with distribution facilities strategically located to maximize trade with Mexico and other cities in the state. Headquartered in Temple is McLane Company, Inc., the nation’s largest convenience store supplier, Wilsonart, a maker of plastic laminates, and Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital and Clinic as well as a VA Hospital. These large companies offer vast employment opportunities to the community.
Temple’s historic downtown is undergoing an exciting renovation with a focus on landmarks of historic importance. Several noteworthy neighborhoods, including the historic district, are also set to be revitalized in the coming years. Temple is well-known as a family-first city with a low cost of living and a forward-thinking school district that offers a variety of diverse educational programs.
Belton is located in the heart of Texas among rolling plains, wooded hills, rivers, and lakes. Belton has a rich history that radiates the romance of the Old West. Over 160 historical markers are evidence of the city’s historic past. Belton is home to the University of Mary Hardin–Baylor and Bell County Museum that preserves the local heritage and history of the area. Nearby Belton Lake reservoir provides water and flood control but also plenty of opportunities for recreation, especially boating and fishing, and beautiful sunsets.
Belton living offers highly-rated school districts with a dense suburban feel and glimpses of rural landscape due to Belton Lake and the surrounding nature preserves. Belton is home to multiple parks that attract many families and young professionals to the area.
Located in West Bell County. Killeen is a family-friendly city with a thriving economy fueled by Fort Hood, one of the largest military bases in the country. Killeen residents have access to down-home barbecue, an abundance of outdoor and recreational activities. The military lifestyle and presence is still a major part of Killeen’s identity. Throughout the metro area, residents will find flags and historical landmarks honoring the military. The area is home to thousands of veterans and active-duty soldiers.
Many soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Hood fall in love with Central Texas and end up making their permanent home in Killeen or the surrounding area.
The city of Harker Heights is a dynamic, actively growing community located in the fifth fastest-growing Metropolitan Statistical Area in the State of Texas. Harker Heights has experienced historic residential and commercial growth over the past few years. This makes Harker Heights the third-largest city in Bell County, after Killeen and Temple.
Living in Harker Heights offers residents a sparse suburban feel and boasts many parks and above-average school districts that draw families and young professionals to the area.
The Village of Salado, is a vibrant, rural community located in the rolling hills of Bell County. Located between the cities of Waco and Austin, tourists and prospective residents are attracted to Salado Creek, Salado’s Cultural Arts District, with opportunities for picnicking, shopping, hiking, fishing, along with desirable employment and educational opportunities.
Salado is strategically located a short drive north of Austin, Georgetown, and Round Rock, it is quickly becoming the perfect place for families to make their home while commuting south to the city for work.