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Bell County, Texas (TX)

County population in 2014: 329,140 (85% urban, 15% rural); it was 237,974 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 46,007
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 17,417
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 47,629
Renter-occupied apartments: 50,611 (it was 37,878 in 2000)
% of renters here:

44%
State:

36%

Land area: 1060 sq. mi.

Water area: 28.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 311 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bell County: 86.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (25.0%), Educational, health and social services (21.8%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 65%
  • Government: 11%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 24%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Bell County, Texas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (50.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (21.6%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (20.4%)
  • Two or more races (3.2%)
  • Asian alone (2.7%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (0.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  29.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 162,815  (49.5%)
Females: 166,325  (50.5%)
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Bell County,TX real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Bell County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,656 ($36,872 in 1999)

This county:

$50656
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $671 (lower quartile is $509, upper quartile is $872)
This county:

$671
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $131,600 (it was $75,700 in 2000)
Bell:

$131,600
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $91,100 - $196,400

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $163,729
Here:

$163,729
State:

$188,898

Townhouses or other attached units: $100,845
Here:

$100,845
State:

$180,420

In 2-unit structures: $111,308
Here:

$111,308
State:

$130,111

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $170,215
Here:

$170,215
State:

$183,324

Mobile homes: $50,006
Here:

$50,006
State:

$60,009

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $13,421
Here:

$13,421
State:

$67,181
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,188
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $426

Institutionalized population: 2,209

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 3
  • Rapes: 29
  • Robberies: 5
  • Assaults: 40
  • Burglaries: 268
  • Thefts: 471
  • Auto thefts: 55

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 10
  • Rapes: 29
  • Robberies: 6
  • Assaults: 38
  • Burglaries: 273
  • Thefts: 520
  • Auto thefts: 58
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 2270 buildings, average cost: $138,700
  • 2008: 1599 buildings, average cost: $137,600
  • 2009: 1841 buildings, average cost: $136,400
  • 2010: 1750 buildings, average cost: $145,800
  • 2011: 1646 buildings, average cost: $154,200
  • 2012: 1846 buildings, average cost: $164,600
  • 2013: 1861 buildings, average cost: $165,100
  • 2014: 1846 buildings, average cost: $170,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,740 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,648 (1.4%)

Bell County household income distribution in 2009 Bell County home values distribution Bell County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.9%
(12.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.9% for Black residents, 18.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.1% for American Indian residents, 22.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.0% for other race residents, 17.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.9%
Bell County:

14.9%
Texas:

17.5%
(12.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.9% for Black residents, 18.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.6% for American Indian residents, 20.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.8% for other race residents, 17.6% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 30 years old
(Males: 28 years old, Females: 31 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 34 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 29 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

Area name: Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bell County is $475 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $604 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $879 a month.

Cities in this county include: Killeen, Temple, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Belton, Northwest Bell, South Bell, Southwest Bell, East Bell, Salado.

Bell County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2012 air pollution in Bell County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.033 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Houston County, Alabama , Sabine Parish, Louisiana , West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana , Lanier County, Georgia , McIntosh County, Georgia , Quitman County, Georgia .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.6%
Texas:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 13,867
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 17,322 (48% naturalized citizens)

Bell County:

7.3%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 3,311
  • 1990 to 1994: 3,038
  • 1985 to 1989: 2,061
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,156
  • 1975 to 1979: 2,073
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,584
  • 1970 to 1974: 976
  • 1965 to 1969: 2,123

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 88.9%

Bell County marital status for males Bell County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 56,282
  • One, attached: 3,907
  • Two: 4,063
  • 3 or 4: 4,522
  • 5 to 9: 4,383
  • 10 to 19: 4,355
  • 20 or more: 5,842
  • Mobile homes: 9,282
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 146

Housing units in Bell County with a mortgage: 26,638 (813 second mortgage, 1,162 home equity loan, 39 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 11,959

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Bell County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant84,720225
Catholic25,3669
Mainline Protestant16,86144
Other14,38619
Black Protestant5,37819
None163,524-
Bell County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 26
Bell County:

0.94 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Here:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 41
This county:

1.48 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 117
Bell County:

4.21 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 143
This county:

5.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Bell County:

10.6%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Bell County:

27.5%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.4%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Bell County:

Average size of farms: 217 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $19,631
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $121.05
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 57.25%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $20,769
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 31.98%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.05%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $36,173
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.90%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.34
Corn for grain: 67421 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 17372 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 747 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 613 harvested acres
Vegetables: 24 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 3,732 acres

Earthquake activity:

Bell County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Texas state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 233.4 miles away from Bell County center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi) earthquake occurred 352.1 miles away from the county center
On 4/9/1993 at 12:29:19, a magnitude 4.3 (4.1 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 160.8 miles away from the county center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 339.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 255.8 miles away from Bell County center
On 4/7/2008 at 09:51:12, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, 3.9 MW, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 152.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • TexasHurricane Ike, Incident Period: September 7, 2008 to September 26, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3294): September 10, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3294, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasRein Street Fire, Incident Period: June 3, 2008, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 3, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-FM-2767, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • TexasWildfires, Incident Period: March 14, 2008 to September 1, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3284): March 14, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3284, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • TexasSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 16, 2007 to August 3, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1709): June 29, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1709, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • TexasRosewood Fire, Incident Period: January 5, 2006, Fire Management Assistance Declared: January 5, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-FM-2610, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • TexasHurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 23, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1606): September 24, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1606, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 20, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3261): September 21, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3261, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3216): September 2, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3216, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasLoss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Incident Period: February 1, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3171): February 1, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3171, Natural disaster type: Other
  • TexasReese Creek Fire, Incident Period: August 21, 1999 to August 22, 1999, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • 6 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Bell County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 8

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 7, Hurricanes: 4, Storms: 4, Floods: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (30%)
  • Germany (18%)
  • Korea (12%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • Panama (4%)
  • Japan (2%)
  • Vietnam (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Bell County (%):

  • German (13%)
  • United States or American (10%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Bell County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 88,794 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 15,985 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 113 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 9 (0%)
  • Railroad: 10 (0%)
  • Taxi: 186 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 339 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 302 (0%)
  • Walked: 4,034 (4%)
  • Other means: 891 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 1,922 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Bell County, Texas in 2000:

  • 4,710 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 1,690 people in nursing homes
  • 1,007 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 677 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 379 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 211 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 116 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 116 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 113 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 74 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 73 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 25 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 20 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 18 people in religious group quarters
  • 17 people in other group homes
  • 7 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

People in group quarters in Bell County, Texas in 2010:

  • 4,084 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 1,374 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,035 people in college/university student housing
  • 677 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 293 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 227 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 135 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 96 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 66 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 40 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 31 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 15 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 6 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $47,460.

13.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,424 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

13.49%
Texas average:

7.14%


0.94% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,479 average AGI)
Bell County:

0.94%
Texas average:

0.08%

4.75% relocated from other counties in Texas ($11,437 average AGI)
7.80% relocated from other states ($19,507 average AGI)
Bell County:

7.80%
Texas average:

2.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Coryell County, TX  0.90% ($31,859 average AGI)
from Bexar County, TX  0.33% ($37,160)
from Williamson County, TX  0.33% ($36,341)
from McLennan County, TX  0.30% ($30,749)
from Harris County, TX  0.29% ($32,633)
from Travis County, TX  0.26% ($29,946)
from Tarrant County, TX  0.21% ($29,839)


14.42% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,575 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

14.42%
Texas average:

6.69%


0.93% of residents moved to foreign countries ($2,232 average AGI)
Bell County:

0.93%
Texas average:

0.10%

5.26% relocated to other counties in Texas ($12,837 average AGI)
8.23% relocated to other states ($19,506 average AGI)
Bell County:

8.23%
Texas average:

2.01%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Coryell County, TX  0.86% ($29,141 average AGI)
to Williamson County, TX  0.44% ($49,661)
to Travis County, TX  0.43% ($31,008)
to Bexar County, TX  0.41% ($36,793)
to Harris County, TX  0.33% ($29,340)
to McLennan County, TX  0.29% ($40,423)
to El Paso County, TX  0.29% ($40,098)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 22.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 22.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 20.2

Births per 1000 population in Bell County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 6.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Bell County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bell County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 18.9%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Bell County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Bell County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 28,320 (23,162 aged, 5,158 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 11,339 (12%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Bell County, Texas in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1970)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1742)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1414)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1301)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1008)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (927)
  • Unspecified dementia (658)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (640)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (513)
  • Congestive heart failure (511)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 27604.62
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1106.970
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 65386.06

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 2020.640
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 691.640
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4.3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 36.25
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 76.94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.2

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 56.6. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 30.6
  • Other - 26.0

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 101.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 61.7
  • Suffocation - 24.3
  • Other - 15.3

Household type by relationship:

Households: 302,156
  • In family households: 260,406 (54,167 male householders, 26,282 female householders)
    58,278 spouses, 96,515 children (86,745 natural, 2,056 adopted, 7,714 stepchildren), 7,287 grandchildren, 2,702 brothers or sisters, 2,330 parents, 4,038 other relatives, 6,879 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 41,750 (17,324 male householders (13,380 living alone)), 16,262 female householders (13,933 living alone)), 8,164 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 8,079 (2,209 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 31,096 2-persons, 20,293 3-persons, 16,129 4-persons, 8,070 5-persons, 2,985 6-persons, 1,876 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 27,313 1-person, 5,015 2-persons, 817 3-persons, 313 4-persons, 88 5-persons, 27 6-persons, 13 7-or-more-persons.

46,496 married couples with children.
15,952 single-parent households (2,960 men, 12,992 women).

82.3% of residents of Bell County speak English at home.
12.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
3.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
2.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (58% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (73% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $3,735,942,000 ($14924 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,654,381,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $733,937,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $189,270,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,092,000
Federal grants: $202,633,000
Federal procurement contracts: $631,926,000 ($609,441,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,973,084,000 ($1,835,916,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,908,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $397,498,000
Federal Government insurance: $91,946,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 29,773
Here:

116 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 8,431
Here:

33 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,954
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -7,194
Here -28 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Bell County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 83.18 millions of gallons per day (2% from ground, 98% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 6,913
  • 2000 to 2004: 35,410
  • 1990 to 1999: 25,563
  • 1980 to 1989: 20,213
  • 1970 to 1979: 20,994
  • 1960 to 1969: 10,957
  • 1950 to 1959: 6,887
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,534
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,941
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bell County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 89
  • 2 rooms: 444
  • 3 rooms: 2,732
  • 4 rooms: 3,566
  • 5 rooms: 13,348
  • 6 rooms: 13,801
  • 7 rooms: 7,569
  • 8 rooms: 3,740
  • 9+ rooms: 2,340
  • 1 room: 1,730
  • 2 rooms: 4,159
  • 3 rooms: 7,236
  • 4 rooms: 9,565
  • 5 rooms: 8,268
  • 6 rooms: 4,452
  • 7 rooms: 1,660
  • 8 rooms: 628
  • 9+ rooms: 180
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bell County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 366
  • 1 bedroom: 1,515
  • 2 bedrooms: 7,565
  • 3 bedrooms: 28,694
  • 4 bedrooms: 8,744
  • 5+ bedrooms: 745
  • no bedroom: 2,056
  • 1 bedroom: 10,351
  • 2 bedrooms: 14,180
  • 3 bedrooms: 9,383
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,767
  • 5+ bedrooms: 141
Cars and other vehicles available in Bell County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,360
  • 1 vehicle: 12,267
  • 2 vehicles: 23,310
  • 3 vehicles: 7,976
  • 4 vehicles: 2,131
  • 5+ vehicles: 585
  • no vehicle: 4,520
  • 1 vehicle: 18,816
  • 2 vehicles: 12,596
  • 3 vehicles: 1,629
  • 4 vehicles: 239
  • 5+ vehicles: 78

42% of Bell County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 38% lived in Texas.

Bell County:

41.7%
State average:

51.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 114111
  • Northeast: 12896
  • Midwest: 23598
  • South: 40119
  • West: 17847

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $70,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bell County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (65.3%)
  • Utility gas (27.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.1%)
  • Wood (0.5%)
  • Electricity (70.6%)
  • Utility gas (25.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.2%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,575
Here:

5.3%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 550
Here:

4.2%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 2,944
Here:

23.9%
Texas:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Bell County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Judicial and Legal Services: $12,093,000
    Regular Highways: $1,741,000
    Parks and Recreation: $582,000
    General - Other: $459,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $9,683,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $9,374,000
    Corrections - Other: $8,623,000
    Police Protection: $5,030,000
    Regular Highways: $4,727,000
    General - Other: $4,382,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,878,000
    Financial Administration: $3,876,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,807,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,331,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,209,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,842,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $401,000
    Health - Other: $111,000
    Local Fire Protection: $81,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $39,502,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Health - Other: $1,375,000
    Central Staff Services: $140,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $56,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $1,568,000
    Central Staff Services: $762,000
    General - Other: $600,000
    Police Protection: $325,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $259,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $139,000
    General Public Building: $80,000
    Financial Administration: $64,000
    Corrections - Other: $57,000
    Correctional Institutions: $24,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $13,000
    Local Fire Protection: $4,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $27,839,000

Bell County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $9,331,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,749,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $539,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $4,003,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $39,230,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,921,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,268,000
    Rents: $110,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $4,849,000
    General Local Government Support: $408,000
    Public Welfare: $189,000
    Highways: $59,000
  • Tax - Property: $29,615,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,318,000
    Other License: $2,200,000

Bell County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $525,995,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $489,765,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $53,929,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $52,429,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $36,230,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,170,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,670,000

Bell County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $21,333,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $30,344,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $490,357,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 5,136
  • Number of aged recipients: 588
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 4,548
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,364
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,809
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 963
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,612
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,260
Bell County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bell County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 47 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED3,161$143,291993$137,1883,536$145,484304$38,44710$2,559,200521$97,03194$67,457
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED137$144,15355$139,418318$135,78659$32,4240$032$113,46923$76,130
APPLICATIONS DENIED804$143,447190$100,8841,177$129,627412$30,1022$6,952,000176$100,74484$72,143
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN329$140,687117$134,026944$136,48281$68,4070$0113$93,93819$87,211
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS28$149,46426$113,692278$127,67351$88,8430$025$92,16012$60,667
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 38 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED150$156,25388$160,8644$131,250
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED37$175,81123$194,6095$74,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED10$127,4008$224,6250$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN8$132,6259$138,6671$106,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS9$107,0001$51,0004$90,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Bell County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John85873.6 years
William83973.6 years
James81871.6 years
Mary74078.7 years
Robert60371.6 years
Charles45471.1 years
George34975.1 years
Joe28974.2 years
Frank27575.1 years
Willie26375.4 years
Most common last names in Bell County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith42974.4 years
Johnson28872.7 years
Brown27073.8 years
Williams25472.6 years
Jones24975.2 years
Moore20074.9 years
Davis19174.2 years
Jackson16873.6 years
White15875.1 years
Wilson15874.6 years
Businesses in Bell County, TX
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven9Little Caesars Pizza6
AT&T6Long John Silver's3
Academy Sports + Outdoors2Lowe's1
Ace Hardware2Macy's1
Advance Auto Parts4Marriott4
Aeropostale1Marshalls1
American Eagle Outfitters1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Applebee's2Maurices1
Arby's3Mazda2
Ashley Furniture1McDonald's11
AutoZone5Men's Wearhouse1
Avenue1Motel 61
BMW1Motherhood Maternity2
Barnes & Noble1New Balance1
Bath & Body Works2Nike15
Bed Bath & Beyond2Nissan2
Best Western3Office Depot1
Blockbuster1OfficeMax1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Old Navy1
Burger King2Olive Garden2
CVS1Outback1
Catherines1Outback Steakhouse1
Chevrolet2Pac Sun2
Chick-Fil-A5Panda Express1
Chipotle2Papa John's Pizza3
Chuck E. Cheese's1Payless4
Church's Chicken4Penske2
Cinnabon 2PetSmart2
Comfort Suites1Pier 1 Imports1
Cracker Barrel2Pizza Hut4
Cricket Wireless7Popeyes1
Curves2Quality1
Dairy Queen3Quiznos3
Days Inn3RadioShack3
Deb1Red Lobster1
Dennys1Rodeway Inn1
Discount Tire3Rue212
Domino's Pizza2Ryan's Grill1
Econo Lodge2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
FedEx27SAS Shoes1
Finish Line1SONIC Drive-In8
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Sam's Club3
Foot Locker2Sears4
Ford2Shoe Carnival2
GNC3Sleep Inn1
GameStop4Spencer Gifts1
Gap1Sprint Nextel4
Goodwill4Staples2
H&R Block9Starbucks6
Hawthorn1Subway16
Hilton2Super 83
Hobby Lobby2T-Mobile9
Holiday Inn4T.G.I. Driday's1
Home Depot2Taco Bell7
Honda1Target2
Hot Topic1The Room Place2
Howard Johnson1Toyota2
IHOP2Toys"R"Us2
JCPenney2Travelodge1
Jack In The Box6U-Haul11
Jones New York4UPS32
Journeys2Vans4
Justice1Verizon Wireless4
KFC3Victoria's Secret2
Kmart1Volkswagen2
Knights Inn2Walgreens4
La Quinta3Walmart3
La-Z-Boy2Wendy's4
Lane Bryant1Wet Seal1
Lane Furniture4YMCA1

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  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • #96 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
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