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Living in Harker Heights, Texas

Fast Facts About Harker Heights

Population (2020): 33,097

Distance from: 

  • Waco, TX: 1hr
  • Austin, TX: 1hr 10min
  • Dallas, TX: 2hr 15min

Nearest airport: 

Median income (2020): 

  • Individual: $37,94
  • Household: $73,685

County: Bell County

Type of location: Sparse Suburban

Why is Harker Heights a Nice Place to Live?

Harker Heights is near the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood metropolitan area and is about an hour away from both Waco and Austin. It’s a quiet, suburban area that’s great for families since it has good schools and plenty of nearby nature. 

The cost of living in Harker Heights is about 44% lower than in Austin and a population growth rate of 2.4% in the last year and 13.0% in the last 5 years. The occupational breakdown in Harker Heights is largely education, healthcare, and other professional services. It’s also part of the larger military community surrounding Fort Hood.

What is Harker Heights Known For?

Residents living in Harker Heights say the town is great for a relaxed and low-key pace of life. It’s far enough from Killeen and Austin to feel more like “the country.” The people are friendly and the businesses are growing, even though it’s not a cultural hub or center for city nightlife. That’s a good thing for many of the residents who are just looking to raise kids and enjoy a community vibe.

Like many of the cities in this area of Texas, urban sprawl is spreading farther and helping smaller towns like Harker Heights to grow. There’s no shortage of shopping and restaurants and it’s relatively safe. Local attractions include Stillhouse Hollow Lake and several community parks. If you want to be smack in the middle of San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, Harker Heights is the place.

What Are the Best Restaurants in Harker Heights?

There’s a surprising variety of different cuisines available in Harker Heights. If you’re looking to try something new, you can probably find an interesting bite at one of the local eateries.

Some of Harker Heights best restaurants include:

  • Acropolis Greek Cuisine serves delicious Greek food like Spanakopita, Steak Souvlaki, Kofta, and Gyro
  • Arepitas has authentic Venezuelan food made from scratch with the best, fresh and natural ingredients
  • Zum Edelweiss German Restaurant is the spot for German food, but if you want some German desserts, also check out Pfeifer’s German Bakery
  • Little Thai is a local gem that has affordable, authentic Thai food like noodles, spring rolls, and curries
  • Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe offers a Mardi Gras theme and classically spicy Cajun food in large portions

There’s a lot more to find out about living in Harker Heights. If you want to know about moving, check out the local real estate market here. Get a free report with median home prices and local inventory. Or, give me a call at 254-223-SOLD and I’ll help you find the information you need.

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