Community Profile

Local Economy

Belton is a proactive, business friendly community. Its location in the core of the Temple-Killeen-Ft Hood MSA provides easy access to the estimated 400,000 people in the region. The military, government, medical/healthcare services, manufacturing/distribution, agricultural/agribusiness, retail trade and business IT consulting services are different thriving industry sectors in the MSA that continue to be a major economic influence contributing to the growth and prosperity of Belton. Belton holds the Bell County seat, and is also home to manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, distribution and business IT consulting companies such as Belco Manufacturing, American Spin Cast, Belltec, UPS, Frito Lay, Harvest Technologies and CGI to name a few.

Industrial Employment Projections

Between 2005- 2015, jobs in the Central Texas economy are projected to grow 17.9%, an average annual rate of 1.7%, with the following industries anticipated to drive employment growth:

  • Education and Health Services at a 3.11% Annual Average Rate
  • Leisure and Hospitality at a 3.1% Annual Average Rate
  • Professional and Business Services at a 2.34% Annual Average Rate

SOURCE: Economic Development and Analysis Division, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts calculations and EMSI.

Per Capita Personal Income

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2010 the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood per capita personal income (PCPI) was $37,428, 94% of the national average, ranking as 131st in the country. The compound annual growth rate of per capita personal income from 2000 – 2012 in this MSA was 5.1%, 2.3% above the compound annual growth rate for the nation.

2010 Per Capita Personal Income

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bearfacts, Sep. 2012


Partnering With Businesses

Independent school districts in the Belton metro area are keeping pace with the growth experienced in the region. Over 60,000 students are enrolled in elementary and secondary schools with approximately 3,000 graduating from High School annually.

Belton ISD is the premier school district in the area covering approximately 200 square miles in Bell County and employing over 1,400 high performing administration, faculty and staff; thus ranking as one of the largest employers in the region.

The area boasts several institutions of higher learning offering a variety of educational opportunities, from technical training to advance degrees, supporting the educational needs demanded by the different growing industries in Central Texas. More than 1000 students graduate each year from these institutions joining the labor pool available in the region.


Temple College
Texas A&M Central Texas/Tarleton University
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Texas State Technical College
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor



Talented, Reliable

The Belton metro area offers a young, skilled and reliable labor pool with a tremendous supply of available talent for part-time and shift occupations. Nearby, Fort Hood has 900 separating and retiring soldiers per month providing area employers with a supply of highly trained workers with excellent work ethic. The Workforce Solutions of Central Texas provides quality education, training, and labor market services to employers and job seekers in the region. For more information on their services contact the local Texas Workforce Center at 800-460-8801 or visit their website at

Please click here to see How Central Texas Can Retain and Attract Its Future Workforce!


A Center for Growth
The 2010 census shows a population of 405,300 for the Belton metro area (Temple-Killeen-Ft. Hood), and according to the Perryman Group, the population here is projected to grow 43% between 2009 and 2035, faster than any other second tier Texas region, not including the Texas/Mexico border.

Population Demographics - (Temple - Killeen - Fort Hood MSA)
          Percentage Change
Total Population 2010 Census 2014 Projection 2000 Census 1990 Census 2010 - 2014 1990 - 2000
  405,300 442,588 330,710 268,828 8% 19%
Population by Gender
Male 200,061 216,066 166,628 140,135 7% 16%
Female 205,239 225,763 164,082 128,694 9% 22%
Median Age
Total Population 29.9 30.23 29.1 27.3 1% 6%
Total Households 144,119 160,837 112,010 88,987 10% 21%
Household Income
Median $49,778 $56,747 $36,758 $23,683 12% 36%
Source: US Census Bureau, 2010 Data, American Fact Finder. Projections are estimates based on annual percentage growth 2000 - 2010 census data.



Well Connected
The Temple-Killeen-Ft Hood MSA is in the center of the Texas rapidly growing high-tech corridor between Austin and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Belton is located at the crossroads of IH35 and U.S. Highway 190, within 180 miles of every major market in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) continues to expand Interstate 35 through Central Texas. In this particular MSA there is a commitment of $2.6 billion dollars in construction projects anticipated to be completed by 2017. The intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and IH35, within Belton city limits, is one of the projects being renovated with the insertion of a flyover to provide a seamless connection to the Killeen-Ft Hood area via west U.S. Highway 190.

Bell County Traffic Counts

The region has several options for air, freight and rail services:

Air Service

Transportation/Air Service
Temple Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport (TPL) 13 miles east on Highway 190
Killeen-Ft. Hood Regional Airport (GRK) 15 miles west on Highway 190
Waco Regional Airport (ACT) 52 miles north on I-35
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) 69 miles south on I-35
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) 154 miles north on I-35
George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH) 180 miles east on Highway 190/36

Freight Carriers

Central Freight Lines, Consolidated Freightways, Consolidated Tex Pack, Conway Southwest, FedEx Freight, Merchants Fast Motor Lines, PIE Nationwide, Roadway Express, Southwestern Motor Transport, UPS Freight, Yellow Freight System, etc.

Rail Service
Amtrak, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), and Union Pacific (UP).

Mileage to Major Cities
Dallas 135 miles
Austin 65 miles
Houston 163 miles
San Antonio 136 miles
Chicago 1100 miles
Mexico City 1039 miles



Recognized Excellence

The Belton metro area has access to cutting edge healthcare and state-of–the–art facilities. Scott & White Healthcare, one of the top 100 hospitals in the country and the largest multi specialty physician group practice in the state of Texas, is headquartered in Temple. This nonprofit organization has more than 13,000 employees, including over 900 staff physicians and research doctors. Scott & White Partners with Texas A&M’s Health Science Center College of Medicine to train physicians at its four-year medical school.

Other hospitals serving the community include:

  • Carl Darnall Army Medical Center
  • Cedar Crest Hospital & Clinic
  • Central Texas Veterans Health Care System – Olin E. Teague Veterans Center
  • Metroplex Health System
  • Seton Medical Center Harker Heights (A partner of the Seton Healthcare Family)
Quality of Place

Charming, Affordable
Belton is the heart of the vibrant Temple-Killeen-Ft Hood MSA; a historic, quaint and charming community with a fascinating past and promising future.

Belton’s scenic beauty features a variety of parks and walking trails weaving all through the community highlighting beautiful rolling hills, the Nolan Creek, fun splash pads and the magnificent Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes. Both lakes and Nolan Creek offer outdoor and recreational activities for anyone to enjoy.

Downtown Belton is filled with history; it is home of the beautiful historic Bell County Museum and historic homes. It offers a unique experience with walking tours, live music and entertainment, relaxing day spas, antique shops, a farmer’s market, coffee and ice cream shops, and unique old-time restaurants featuring true Texas cuisine including our traditional BBQ and comfort food cooking. In addition, access to all the amenities of large urban areas are only minutes away.

The cost of living index in Belton remains below the national average.

City of Belton Parks, Trails, and area Lakes
Beall Park
Belton Lake
BLORA (Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area)
Chisholm Trail Park
Confederate Park
Continental Field
Griggs Field
Harris Community Park
Heritage Park
Jaycee Field
Lions Field
Miller Heights Community Park
Nolan Creek Hike and Bike Trail
Quail Meadows Park
South Wall Tiger Park
Stillhouse Hollow Lake
Summer Fun Water Park
Yettie Polk Park


Cost Of Living

In addition to the beautiful lakes and parks surrounding this vibrant community, Belton enjoys a cost of living index under the national average.

Take a moment to compare your current cost of living to ours!  

Belton Business Park

CGI Ground Breaking with Rick Perry

The Belton Business Park is strategically located along U.S. Highway 190 and Loop 121, just a couple of miles east of Interstate Highway 35, providing quick and easy access to major transportation corridors in the state. This is a first-class 200-acre planned development offering shovel-ready sites for companies looking at building and/or build-to-suit options. Several companies are located at the park and a few more projects are currently underway.

For more information on available sites at the Belton Business Park, please contact Cynthia Hernandez, Executive Director, Belton Economic Development Corporation at 254.770.2271.

Business Park Features

  • Digital switching
  • Fiber optic connections
  • Curb, gutter and storm drainage
  • 3 Phase electrical system
  • High reliability electrical service
  • 4” high pressure natural gas
  • 10” – 12” sewer to all properties
  • 12” – 16” water line served by 500,000 gallon overhead tank


Companies located in the Belton Business Park

Phase I

  • CGI (IT & Business Process Services)
  • Clear Water District (Groundwater Management in Bell County)
  • Coleman American/Covan (Moving services/Warehousing)
  • Friend Tire (Wholesale/Distribution)
  • Harvest Technologies (Rapid Prototyping and Direct Digital Manufacturing)
  • High Performance Ropes of America (Manufacturing of Wire Cable)
  • Micro-Distributing (Rapid Diagnostic Testing Devices)
  • MiLo Technologies (IT Solutions)

Phase II

  • Aspen Air (HVAC, Refrigeration and Plumbing for Commercial and Residential applications)

Planned Unit Development (Phase I)

Belton Business Center

  • ProCarpet
  • Tri-City Bicycles
  • Powersat Communications, Inc.
  • Murco Wall Products
  • McLane Children’s Scott & White Pediatric Clinic
  • Scott & White South Belton Family Medicine Clinic