Reactions to news that Killeen was announced “Top Fifth Best Place to Live in Texas” were mostly incredulous, if comments on the story’s Facebook post are any indication.
“Now I know these are lies! Just last year when I was still there it was in the top 5 most dangerous cities to live in in Texas!” one comment read. According to a study published in February by Safewise.com, Killeen is currently ranked as the 14th least safest city in Texas.
Another commenter said the city was ranked so high “Probably because its inexpensive to live! That’s all I can say about that!”
In a poll the Herald placed on its Facebook page, 84% of the more than 400 responders said they did not agree with Killeen being ranked fifth best city in Texas on the U.S. News & World Report list.
The study did factor cost of living into its calculations, among a number of other factors. The report said it considered that “a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.”
Cities in Texas were ranked based on local job market, affordability, average commute time and desirability, according to a release sent out by the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce.
According to the U.S. News and World Report, “Killeen was officially formed May 15, 1882, after the first train stopped in town. Decades later, during World War II, Camp Hood formed in 1942, pushing the population from 1,200 to 30,000 people within just one year. It was later renamed Fort Hood.”
The top 10 cities is Texas were ranked, in order, as follows: Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Killeen, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, El Paso, McAllen and Brownsville.
U.S. News listed the following 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