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Old 05-27-2020, 07:03 AM
 
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It was interesting having lived in Temple or Belton on three separate trips to Fort Hood. The first time was from 93-95. During that time, you were hard pressed to find more than a couple of Fort Hood personnel living in Temple or Belton. Too far, and there was definite resistance on the part of city leadership to court Soldiers to move to either city. Next was 1998-2002. There were noticeably more Soldiers living in the Temple/Belton area. It's likely local leaders saw the explosive growth in and around Harker Heights in the mid to late 90s, including residential communities, retail, entertainment, etc. and decided it was time to get on the gravy train. Last trip was 2007-2010, when I retired. Most Soldiers I had ever seen living in Temple/Belton. As Killeen continues to stagnate, and tolerate mediocre and bad schools, and allow crime rates to increase, more people will opt to move further out and deal with the commute. One thing I noticed on that last tour was the stark increase in people moving west. The Copperas Cove bypass may have had something to do with this, but Kempner, between Cove and Lampassas has become the off post location of choice for Sergeants Major. (If you visit, DON'T walk on anyone's grass!)
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Old 05-27-2020, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Houston
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It was interesting having lived in Temple or Belton on three separate trips to Fort Hood. The first time was from 93-95. During that time, you were hard pressed to find more than a couple of Fort Hood personnel living in Temple or Belton. Too far, and there was definite resistance on the part of city leadership to court Soldiers to move to either city. Next was 1998-2002. There were noticeably more Soldiers living in the Temple/Belton area. It's likely local leaders saw the explosive growth in and around Harker Heights in the mid to late 90s, including residential communities, retail, entertainment, etc. and decided it was time to get on the gravy train. Last trip was 2007-2010, when I retired. Most Soldiers I had ever seen living in Temple/Belton. As Killeen continues to stagnate, and tolerate mediocre and bad schools, and allow crime rates to increase, more people will opt to move further out and deal with the commute. One thing I noticed on that last tour was the stark increase in people moving west. The Copperas Cove bypass may have had something to do with this, but Kempner, between Cove and Lampassas has become the off post location of choice for Sergeants Major. (If you visit, DON'T walk on anyone's grass!)
I found that a number of Fort Hood personnel live in Georgetown. From what I heard, it's because Killeen is considered so awful, and they wanted a more conventional suburban environment for their families.
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Old 05-27-2020, 01:19 PM
 
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I found that a number of Fort Hood personnel live in Georgetown. From what I heard, it's because Killeen is considered so awful, and they wanted a more conventional suburban environment for their families.
Killeen isn't terrible, it just doesn't have as much to offer as other local cities. The higher crime rate is one major factor. The commute from Georgetown is simple now that the 195 project has been completed.
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Old 05-27-2020, 02:00 PM
 
Location: WA
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I found that a number of Fort Hood personnel live in Georgetown. From what I heard, it's because Killeen is considered so awful, and they wanted a more conventional suburban environment for their families.
When I taught HS in Midway ISD (south Waco suburbs) I had a number of kids who's parents worked at Fort Hood and commuted from the Waco suburbs for the same reason. Although Belton was the much more popular choice as it is so much closer. I'm guessing one reason might have been for spouse employment opportunities in Waco.

I knew a number of teachers who taught at Killeen ISD and commuted from Waco. That was fairly common. Often they were married to spouses who worked at Baylor. Or they were Baylor grads themselves who just wanted to stay in the Waco area.
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Old 05-27-2020, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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I'd see GI's (in uniform) on the morning commute at the local corner store gassing up, getting coffee, etc. That was 10 years ago. Not so much now, once word got out the Waco was as bad as Killeen crime-wise. Waco be all gangsta these days. Tit-for tat shootings and killings are routine. Waco PD useless. The Baylor bubble abides.

As for Baylor grads wanting to stay in Waco after graduation....
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Old 05-27-2020, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Belton, Tx
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I now live in Belton because it's so safe and quiet. For now at least. Heard the city population will take off in the coming years.
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Old 05-28-2020, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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My fingers are crossed for ya, Brock. A strong law enforcement presence is key. 'Summer Fun' was always a great place to take the kids to when they were young.
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