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Considering Moving to Belton, TX? Here Are 13 Things You'll Love About Living Here

By Jennifer Nixon on March, 13 2019
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Thinking about moving to Belton, Texas? Of course, you are! 

New residents are attracted to the area’s outstanding schools, its desirable location, parks and trails, Belton Lake, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and much, much more.

Here are thirteen reasons to consider relocating to Belton this year!



1. Location, Location, Location!

As an integral part of the Killeen-Temple-Fort Cavazos (previously Fort Hood) metropolitan area, Belton is centrally located between Dallas and Houston, just north of Austin and next door to Temple, Texas.

Living in Belton also grants you quick access to I-35, leaving the road of travel opportunities wide open. The distance from Austin to Belton is right at 60 miles. Whether for fun or work, you can be in Austin in an hour! 

2. Comfortable Population

Belton offers small-town charm without sacrificing the conveniences of living in the city — which is why more and more people are flocking to this beautiful place.

Belton, Texas is home to about 23,054 people, according to April 2020 United States Census data. Belton is the 140th most populated city in the state of Texas out of 1,741 cities, according to Texas-Demographics.

3. Job Opportunities Galore

With an unemployment rate lower than the national average and an increase in recent job growth, more and more people are considering new home communities in Belton as an alternative to living in Austin, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Non-Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate.


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4. Top Ranking Schools 

Because school district boundaries were set decades ago to include unincorporated parts of the county, Belton Independent School District (ISD) serves students in Belton, Morgan's Point Resort and part of Temple.

Due to the combined growth of Belton and Temple, administrators and educators have focused on providing the best education for every student, making it one of the most sought-after districts in the area.

5. Higher Education Close to Home

Belton, Texas is home to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 2016 & 2018 National Championship winners! #gocru. Not far from Belton is Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen and Temple College in Temple, Texas.

6. Outdoor Living

Numerous parks and trails offer residents the opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful views and fresh air. Some of the best trails in Belton include Chalk Ridge Falls Park Trail, Armadillo, Tennessee Valley South River Loop, and more.

                      photo of Chalk Ridge Trail in Belton, TX

7. Safety Ratings

While some worry about Belton’s crime and safety rating, you may be surprised to hear that Belton is rated safer to live than other parts of Texas. According to Crime Grade, the rate of crime is about the same as the average US city.

8. Belton Lake

Who doesn’t love strolling along a beautiful body of water? Belton Lake offers recreational activities like fishing, boating, hiking, parks, incredible sunset views, lakeside dining, and more!

9. The Live Music Scene

Enjoy the Texas Music Series during the summer at Schoepf's Backyard and throughout the year, too. You can also find live music at the Gin at Nolan Creek, Miller's Smokehouse, Nolan Creek Winery, and more.

10. Downtown Shopping

There are so many fun things to do in Belton — and shopping is certainly one of them. You'll find Cochran, Blair & Potts Department Store dating back to 1869, antique stores and boutiques, and Belton Market Days each month.


Cochran Blair & Potts Department Store in Belton TX               photo courtesy of Cochran, Blair & Potts Department Store

11. Friday Night Lights

The whole town comes out for football games, you'll find Belton Tiger fans everywhere you go!

12. The Expo 

Belton is home to the Bell County Expo Center, a popular venue for concerts, conventions, sporting events, local charitable events, and features the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Bell County Expo Center              photo courtesy of the Bell County Expo Center

13. Patriotic Legacy

Dating back to the mid-1800s, people from all over Texas come to Belton for the Fourth of July parade and PRCA Rodeo. It features family fun, food trucks, games, music, and brews. 




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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been updated to reflect the most accurate information.

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