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Bell County, Texas

Bell county is located in the Central Texas Blackland. Land features level to hilly topography with black to light soils, mixed timber. It includes Belton Lake, Still-house Hollow Lake and Fort Hood. Local economy consists of manufacturing computers, plastic goods, furniture, clothing, agribusiness, distribution centers and tourism.

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Average Price $2.3M
Lowest Price $280K
Highest Price $20M
Total Listings 209
Avg. Days On Market 81
Avg. Price/SQFT $1.4K

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Bell County Information

Bell County is a relatively populous county located in central Texas, approximately 45 minutes north of Austin. The county is home to major population centers at Temple and Killeen, as well as the Fort Hood military base. 

The local economy is centered on Fort Hood, manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism. 

Bell County is within the Killeen–Temple Metropolitan Area. It is also home to major transport routes, like the Interstate Highways 35 and 14. Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific rail lines also operate in the county. 

What Is Bell County Known For? 

Bell County is famous for the Fort Hood military base, its numerous lakes like Belton and Stillhouse Hollow, as well as the urban development between Killeen and Temple. This metropolitan area is known for its many universities and transport routes that link the two with Austin to the south. 

Land For Sale Bell County TX

Bell County is bisected by the Balcones Escarpment which roughly divides the area into a western and eastern portion. 

Bell County has approximately 1,050 square miles of land, rising from the southeast to the west by some 800 feet. Of the land that is farmed in one way or another, a little over 40% is dedicated to ranching and cattle operations, while the rest is primarily used for crops. 

The eastern portion is known for its dark "blackland" soils and gently rolling landscape which are highly suitable for farming. Approximately 50% of Bell County is considered prime farmland and the most common crops are corn, sorghum, wheat, and cotton. 

The western portion is part of Texas' Grand Prairie region which is considerably more hilly and rocky, making it better suited to ranching and forestry. The tall grass and varieties of trees that grow in the west are also excellent wild game habitat. 

The county also includes a number of lakes and waterways, providing a steady supply of water. There is Little River and its tributaries, like Leon, Lampasas, and Salado.

If Bell County doesn't have quite what you're looking for, you can also check out Coryell County to the northwest, McLennan County to the north, Falls County to the northeast, Milam County to the southeast, Williamson County to the south, Burnet County to the southwest, and Lampasas County to the west. 

How Far Is Bell County From Austin TX?

From the southern boundary of Bell County to the city limits of Austin it is approximately 25 minutes or 30 miles. 

From Belton to downtown Austin it is approximately 50 minutes or 58 miles. 

The primary route for getting between Bell County and Austin is the Interstate 35. 

Communities in Bell County

The Killeen-Temple Metro Area is located in Bell County and incorporates a number of major urban centers including Killeen, Belton, and Temple. 

Other cities in the area are Bartlett, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Little River Academy, Morgan's Point Resort, Nolanville, and Troy. Towns are Holland and Rogers. 

Bell County Amenities & Attractions

Bell County offers a lot of attractions and highlights for visitors and residents alike. The abundance of lakes, parkland, historic sites, and urban centers means that there's always something to do and see.  

The area also hosts a number of regular festivals and gatherings, like the Gathering of Scottish Clans in Salado, Belton Independence Day and Rodeo, Central Texas State Fair, and the Salado Art Fair. 

Bell County offers access to Lake Belton located in Temple, Texas. 

Bell County has many excellent education facilities, including: 

  • Central Texas College
  • Texas A&M Central Texas
  • Temple College
  • University Of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • University Of Phoenix - Killeen Learning Center

Bell County History

Bell County was founded in 1850, named after Peter Hansborough Bell who was Texas' third governor. Nolan Springs was chosen as the county seat. The name was changed to Nolanville and again to Belton in 1851. The county's borders underwent some changes in the subsequent years before settling to their present state in 1860. 


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