Low crime rates and affordable living makes Harker Heights, Texas popular among the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Area's families. In fact, nearly 28,000 people call the city's 12.8 square miles home, and with home prices below average at about $174,000, it's easy to see why. Perhaps one of the best features of Harker Heights is its community garden, though, which offers affordable garden plot rentals, so even those living in apartment complexes can grow their own produce.
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Part of the Killeen Independent School District, the children of Harker Heights, Texas attend one of three elementary schools. Two middle schools and a high school round out the public school system for the area, but several private schools offer education options, too. There are no colleges within the city's limits, but Central Texas College is only 10 miles from Harker Heights, and Baylor University is just 46 miles away. Public transportation is available via The HOP, which makes commuting to work or school much easier. The Harker Heights Loop stops at several area businesses and connects to routes heading out of city limits.
Harker Heights' mild temperatures and beautiful scenery create the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities all year long. Winter temperatures don't often fall below 50 degrees and summer temperatures hover between the 80s and 90s. Nearby Stillhouse Hollow Lake is a popular destination for weekend camping trips, or simply for afternoons of fishing, swimming and boating. Hunting is also popular when it's in season. Another local option is Purser Family Park, boasting 35 acres of picnic areas, trails, playgrounds and dog parks. Of course, you can't live in Harker Heights without checking out Texas Thunder Speedway, the Central Texas State Fair or the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater. Dining, shopping and arts and culture are prominent, too! If the mix of culture, business and education surrounding Harker Heights, Texas sounds right for you, you can get started by searching our list of homes for sale in the area.