Bell County’s city of Killeen recently claimed fame as a top U.S. city for millennials in a national study that examined areas such as cost of living, future job growth and crime and safety.
Killeen ranked 40th out of over 500 U.S. cities measured for the study in Millennials Personal Finance’s “Top 150 Cities For Millennials.” The report uses six areas to give cities a total score. Among those are unemployment rates, percentage of residents ages 25 to 34, cost of living, job growth and crime.
“Low cost of living, low barriers to entry and diversity have always been some of our region’s greatest assets,” Greater Killeen’s Chamber of Commerce Director of Strategic Communications Jennifer Hetzel said. At the Chamber, we work hard to promote these assets and build on them to entice soldiers exiting the military to stay in the area and attract new residents and businesses. Studies like this confirm our work is paying off."
The area’s educational opportunities are also being touted as part of the city’s growing interest to millennials.
“I think Killeen’s emphasis on education is what makes this area attractive to millennials,” Mandy Shelton, president of the Greater Killeen Young Professionals, said. “When you’re just starting out in the workforce, the ability to take classes and continue to develop your skills is an important factor in where you choose to live.”