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Complete Moving Guide to Killeen, TX
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|Located in the Central Texas region of Bell County, Killeen is a
military town, home to the army base of Fort Hood. The city boasts affordable
living costs and an unemployment rate below the national average.
are planning or considering a move to the city, read on for more information to
help you ease your transition and make your relocation an effortless one.
Killeen ClimateClimate in the city is varied between
seasons--it can be quite hot during the summer, with temperatures reaching the
90s and mildly cold during the winter when temperatures can drop into the
Killen experiences about 32 inches of rain annually, which is evenly
distributed throughout the year. The sun shines on the city an average of 229
days every year, and snowfall is rare in the region--accumulating to just one
Killeen NeighborhoodsLocated near the Fort Hood army base,
Killeen is a military town, with many transient families taking temporary
residence there. Before choosing a region of the city to call home, it's
imperative to conduct thorough research and ensure that it is safe, convenient,
and within your price range.
Some of the more affluent areas of Killeen
are East Stagecoach Road/Mountain Lion Road, Maxdale/Youngsport, Turkey Trot
Road, and West Stan Schlueter Loop/Bunny Trail.
If you are relocating
with a family and low crime rates are your main concern, some of the safest
regions to call home include Santee Court/Shawnee Court, Reese Creek Road/Yates
Road, Kiowa Court/Tonkawa Court, and Hood Road/Central Ave.
Registering Your CarUpon your arrival in Texas, you will have
to update your registration within 30 days to avoid being charged a penalty. You
will first need to have your vehicle inspected, at any certified Texas
Department of Public Safety inspection station. Be sure to bring proof of Texas
auto insurance. You are required to have coverage of $30,000 per injured person,
up to a total of $60,000 for everyone injured in an accident, and $25,000 for
property damage in the state. To get your plates and registration, you will need
proof you own the vehicle (such as a title or previous registration), your proof
of insurance, and inspection papers. Non-resident college students attending
school in the state and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces are not required
to register their vehicles in Texas.
The Texas DMV does not issue
driver's licenses. You will have to transfer your license at the Department of
Public Safety, no more than 90 days after you move to the state.
Killeen SchoolsIf you are relocating to the area with children, they will
be enrolled in the Killeen Independent School District. KISD is the largest
school district between the cities of Round Rock and Dallas, and serves the
communities of Killeen, Harker Heights, Fort Hood, Nolanville, and west Bell
County. The system operates 32 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, four high
schools, and five specialized campuses. Other options include the K-12 parochial
school for religious-based training, Memorial Christian Academy, and the private
K-9 charter school, Creek View Academy.
For options in higher education,
Texas A&M University is located in the city and offers bachelor's and
master's degrees to students. The public university is what is known as an upper
division college--meaning students must complete their freshman and sophomore
coursework at another institution. To do so, you can attend Central Texas
College, which offers over 40 associate's and certificate programs to residents
of Fort Hood and the Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Llano, Mason,
Mills and San Saba counties.
Killeen EmploymentWith its proximate location to the army base
of Fort Hood, many of Killeen's residents are active soldiers or employed by the
base. Fort Hood is the region's largest employer, with 58,000 workers as of
2008. The Fort Hood Exchange, an on-post shopping facility, also employs around
1,200 residents in the area.
No matter where you relocate, the pressure
of finding a job can be quite stressful. If you are moving to the city without
secured employment, you can visit the Workforce Solutions website for job-hunting assistance and
resources in the Central Texas region. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you
can contact the Killeen Chamber of Commerce for information on how to start a
business in the city. You can also apply for city jobs at the Killeen Government official
With any luck, you'll find a job in Killeen in no time. Top
employers in the city include the Fort Hood army base, Killeen Independent
School District, Central Texas College, MetroPlex Hospital, Fort Hood Exchange,
City of Killen, Fort National Bank, Sallie Mae, Killeen Mall, and Wal-Mart
Living Costs in the CityIf money is a concern for you, don't
fret--the cost of living in Killeen quite low. Average living expenses fall
about 13 percent below the national rate. Housing costs are a whopping 22
percent less than the average American city, with the median home price in the
region listed at about $137,900. If you are opting to rent instead of buy,
expect to pay around $483 monthly for a one-bedroom, about $586 for a
two-bedroom, and $733 for a three-bedroom. Rental rates may also vary depending
on the location of the unit and available amenities.
Other typical costs
in the city are reasonable as well. Utility costs are seven percent below the
average rate, and a trip to the grocery store will cost you about 16 percent
less than most other cities. Healthcare n costs are also low--ten percent less
than the national average.
Killeen Moving ResourcesThere are many moving and storage
companies located in Killeen that are waiting to help you relocate to your new
home. Be sure to do your research and obtain estimates from several different
services before choosing one for hire. You can compare online quotes from many
different moving companies and other services to aid you in your move, whether
you are coming from the next city or overseas. Visit the following pages here at
Movers.com to get fast quotes for the following services:
Killeen TransportationIf you will be living in the city without
a vehicle or with limited access to one, you may have to make use of the area's
mass transit system. Public transportation in Killeen is operated by the Central
Texas HOP, a fixed route bus service that provides rides to the city's residents
as well as nearby communities of Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, and the
Temple-Belton area. HOP also offers a door-to-door paratransit service for the
elderly and disabled. The HOP runs from Monday through Friday 6 a.m. through 7
p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Culture and Contemporary LifeThe city celebrates its military culture with the Fourth Infantry
Division Museum. Artifacts, photos, vehicles and other exhibits detail the
history of the military in the area, which is home to the army base Fort
If you're seeking a bit more excitement, spend the day at the Texas
Thunder Speedway for demolition derbies, stock car races, contests and other
race track events. Races at the Speedway run from March until
For relaxation and leisure, visit the beautiful Belton Lake.
Explore the caves, have a picnic, or barbeque on the scenic shores. The lake is
also perfect for water activities such as boating, jet-skiing, fishing and
Other notable attractions in the city include the Mayborn
Planetarium and Space Center and the annual Central Texas State Fair.
Killeen Relocation Tips
- Get moving quotes from several movers in the city before choosing one to
hire. You can start
today right here at Movers.com.
- Different areas of the city have different rates of crime. Be sure to look
up the crime rates for any district you are considering for your move to ensure
that it is a safe location for you and your family.
- Temperatures vary greatly in Killeen from summer to winter, ranging from the
high 90s in July and August to the 30s in January. Be sure to pack a varied
wardrobe to accommodate the fluctuating climate.
Everything you need to know about the city of Killeen,
including information on government services, taxes and recreation.
Here you'll find information on how to register your car in Texas if
you are moving out of state, and how to update your driver's license.
Get fast and easy free quotes from the city's most
reputable moving companies at Movers.com.
- Killeen HOP
Learn all you need to know about Killeen's
public bus transportation system, including routes and fares.
- Texas Department of Transportation
Here you can find all the information
on traffic and parking regulations in the state.
- Killeen Independent School District
Learn all you need to
know about the city's largest school district.