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Old 06-29-2021, 05:01 PM
 
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How is Lampasas? Seems like all these cities (besides Belton?) get a bad rep. Is Lampasas far enough away to be excluded from this? Always enjoyed passing through the town on my biweekly trips to Stephenville.
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Old 06-29-2021, 06:27 PM
 
Location: WA
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How is Lampasas? Seems like all these cities (besides Belton?) get a bad rep. Is Lampasas far enough away to be excluded from this? Always enjoyed passing through the town on my biweekly trips to Stephenville.
Lampasas is like any of a thousand other small towns scattered about Texas. I'm not sure it has any particularly redeeming qualities that would make it stand out above the rest. If you are looking for small town life in Central Texas I can think of better options. I would say that McGregor, Valley Mills, Glen Rose, and Granbury are all more interesting towns going north. Especially Granbury. If you go south you have a lot of options in the Hill Country.
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Old 06-30-2021, 11:15 AM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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How is Lampasas? Seems like all these cities (besides Belton?) get a bad rep. Is Lampasas far enough away to be excluded from this? Always enjoyed passing through the town on my biweekly trips to Stephenville.
I would agree with Texasdriver. Lampasas isn't bad, but Granbury is a nicer town with more things to do in the same population range. Glen Rose is a smaller town with more things to do better restaurants etc (but they don't have a walmart) Dublin is also smaller and has more things to do.

Burnet (where one of my best friends grew up) is kinda comparable to Lampasas if you so happen to be familiar with Burnet. Same goes for Decatur which is in the same size range.
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Old 06-30-2021, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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Texas has many small towns, such as the ones mentioned above, that are all good places to live. I'm in Glen Rose fairly frequently, and I really like it there. There is plenty of shopping in Cleburne and Granbury that are just 20 minutes away.
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Old 06-30-2021, 12:09 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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Texas has many small towns, such as the ones mentioned above, that are all good places to live. I'm in Glen Rose fairly frequently, and I really like it there. There is plenty of shopping in Cleburne and Granbury that are just 20 minutes away.
Agreed, and Glen Rose is a great small town, might be my favorite.
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Old 07-01-2021, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Florida
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What is so bad about Killeen? And what is causing those problems? I remember there's air force base in that area... should be more order
I went to Colorado Bend few years ago and it was quite a nice experience. I passed through Killeen and didn't catch any stray bullets Planning to visit Colorado Bend again sometime soon. Should I be extra cautious in that area?
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Old 07-02-2021, 12:50 AM
 
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What is so bad about Killeen? And what is causing those problems? I remember there's air force base in that area... should be more order
I went to Colorado Bend few years ago and it was quite a nice experience. I passed through Killeen and didn't catch any stray bullets Planning to visit Colorado Bend again sometime soon. Should I be extra cautious in that area?
It is next door to the largest Army base in the country, Fort Hood, and has a very transient population along with all the pawn shops, payday lenders, bars, and strip clubs that go along with having such a big nearby military population. Other towns like Fayetteville NC are pretty similar.

It's not that there are stray bullets. It's just that the town is unattractive. This is what the main drive onto the base looks like: https://goo.gl/maps/JQesohmT9LdCjPtq6 and most of the city looks about the same except for the stretch of the freeway going through Harker Heights where there are some chain restaurants like Panda Express and Chipotle. This is what the "nice" part of Killeen looks like: https://goo.gl/maps/k21T76MFL77x4r1h8

This is the center of "downtown" Killeen looking at the main library to the left and the performing arts center is just ahead: https://goo.gl/maps/k21T76MFL77x4r1h8
By contrast, this is the roughly equivalent location in the center of Waco: https://goo.gl/maps/4VtZm2R6rrmW7qQz5

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Old 07-02-2021, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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Adding to the unattractiveness of the town, the transient population brings petty crime, such as vehicle burglaries, prostitution, drug crimes, etc. No, not the soldiers themselves, but the population that revolves around a large military base that’s primarily young men. There is zero industry in Killeen other than the service industry jobs that support the base.

My husband is retired Army, and he says “Hood is a great place to build your career, but it’s a horrible place to raise a family.”
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Old 07-02-2021, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Florida
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It is next door to the largest Army base in the country, Fort Hood, and has a very transient population along with all the pawn shops, payday lenders, bars, and strip clubs that go along with having such a big nearby military population. Other towns like Fayetteville NC are pretty similar.

It's not that there are stray bullets. It's just that the town is unattractive. This is what the main drive onto the base looks like: https://goo.gl/maps/JQesohmT9LdCjPtq6 and most of the city looks about the same except for the stretch of the freeway going through Harker Heights where there are some chain restaurants like Panda Express and Chipotle. This is what the "nice" part of Killeen looks like: https://goo.gl/maps/k21T76MFL77x4r1h8

This is the center of "downtown" Killeen looking at the main library to the left and the performing arts center is just ahead: https://goo.gl/maps/k21T76MFL77x4r1h8
By contrast, this is the roughly equivalent location in the center of Waco: https://goo.gl/maps/4VtZm2R6rrmW7qQz5
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Adding to the unattractiveness of the town, the transient population brings petty crime, such as vehicle burglaries, prostitution, drug crimes, etc. No, not the soldiers themselves, but the population that revolves around a large military base that’s primarily young men. There is zero industry in Killeen other than the service industry jobs that support the base.

My husband is retired Army, and he says “Hood is a great place to build your career, but it’s a horrible place to raise a family.”
Thanks! That's quite interesting!
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