According to a recent KWTX News report by Kristen Victorin, state officials have released statistics showing that Killeen has experienced steady population growth since 2010, with expectations for larger population booms.
According to Killeen spokesperson Hilary Shine, Killeen’s population went from 86,911 in 2000 to 140,806 in 2015. During a recent State of the County Address hosted by the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, officials said population numbers in Killeen as well as Bell County will continue on the steady path of growth.
“Now that the area is growing even more it’s allowing me to say we can take on extra staff, we can take on extra kitchen space,” local business owner Meredith Viguers of Let Us Do The Cooking said.
The population project and numbers are welcome news for local business owners who, along with state officials, tout the low cost of living and job growth as the reason for the steady growth in Killeen and the surrounding area.
“Stopping the growth in Killeen is like putting a dam every 15 miles on the Mississippi River,” said Killeen City Councilman Jim Kilpatrick, who anticipates the 2 percent yearly increase in growth will only continue.