Killeen Ranked 5th Best Place to Live in Texas
Killeen, Texas ranked 5th in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Places to Live in Texas” study. Factors such as local job market, affordability, average commute time and desirability were used to rank cities in the Lone Star State.
The study pulled data from the Texas-specific cities included in the “2019 Best Places to Live” ranking of 125 metro areas in the United States. Killeen ranked 101 in the national study and the city’s overall score was 6.1/10, scoring 5.3 in Desirability, 7.1 in Value, 5.9 in Job Market, 6.1 in Quality of Life and 5.5 in Net Migration.
The U.S. News website cites affordability and low unemployment as contributing factors to the city’s ranking. Other assets include a diverse population, ample recreational opportunities and quick access to major metro areas in Texas.
“Great things are happening in Killeen. We continue to experience population growth, new business openings and low cost of living,” states Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra, “This study reinforces what we already know-that Killeen is one of the best places to live in the state and indeed, the country. I am proud to call this city home!”
U.S. News listed the following Quick Stats for Killeen:
Metro Population: 432,797
Average Annual Salary: $41,770
Median Age: 31.1
Unemployment Rate: 4%
Median Monthly Rent: $888
Average Commute Time: 21.1 minutes
Sources for the study include the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor and U.S. News' own internal resources. This data was categorized into five indexes and then evaluated using a methodology determined by Americans' preferences. The indexes are Job Market Index (20%), Value Index (25%), Quality of Life Index (30%), Desirability Index (15%) and Net Migration (10%).