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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

347,833
12.1
1,087.8
1,051.0
390–1,227
36.11
35.6
94.6
141,137
4.2
$1,430,199,888
$42,024
$20,669,416,819
$4,540,180,554

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Physical Features: Central Texas Blackland, level to hilly; black to light soils in west; mixed timber; Belton Lake, Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

Economy: Fort Hood; manufacturing includes computers, plastic goods, furniture, clothing; agribusiness; distribution center; tourism.

locator map for Bell County

History: Tonkawas, Lipan Apaches; reduced by disease and advancing frontier by 1840s. Comanches raided into 1870s. Settled in 1830s as part of Robertson’s colony. A few slaveholders in 1850s. County created from Milam County in 1850; named for Gov. P.H. Bell.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 45.6; Black, 24.0; Hispanic, 24.8; Asian, 3.3; Other, 2.0; Two or more races, 4.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 6,496; deaths, 2,274; marriages, 3,688; divorces, 2,121.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting; lakes; historic sites; exposition center; Salado gathering of Scottish clans in November.

Minerals: Gravel.

Agriculture: Beef, corn, sorghum, wheat, cotton. Market value $84.9 million.

BELTON (21,157) county seat; University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; government/services; manufacturing; museum, nature center.

KILLEEN (143,334) Fort Hood; Texas A&M University–Central Texas and Central Texas College; regional airport; retail center, varied manufacturing; hospital; museums, planetarium; Four Winds Powwow in September.

TEMPLE (74,488) Major medical center with two hospitals and VA hospital; diversified industries; rail, wholesale distribution center; retail center; Temple College, Texas A&M College of Medicine; Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center; Czech museum; early-day tractor, engine show in October.

Other towns include: Harker Heights (30,328) Founder’s Day in October; Heidenheimer (224); Holland (1,139) corn festival in June; Little River-Academy (2,000); Morgan’s Point Resort (4,313); Nolanville (5,005); Pendleton (369); Rogers (1,250); Salado  (2,062) tourism, civic center, amphitheathre, art fair in August; Troy (1,090). Also, part [690] of Bartlett.

Fort Hood has a population of 30,959.

Army troops at Fort Hood
Army troops at Fort Hood meet near their barracks. File photo.