The Central Texas region is a great place to live, work, learn and play. This community is more than just a location – it’s home.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Parks

  • Dana Peak Park
  • Stillhouse Park
  • Temple Lake Park
  • Chalk Ridge Falls
  • Union Grove Park
  • Westcliff Park
  • McGregor Park
  • Leona Park
  • Winkler Park
  • Iron Bridge Park
  • Iron Bridge WMA
  • Owl Creek WMA
  • White Flint WMA
  • Cedar Creek WMA

Health Care

Community Hospitals

Veteran Health Care


Higher Learning

Primary Education

  • 30 Independent School Districts
  • 36 High Schools
  • 49 Middle/Intermediate Schools
  • 87 Elementary Schools

Military Community

Fort Hood is the single largest employer in the Central Texas Region. The installation supports worldwide operations and  and is a valuable partner to the surrounding communities. The Texas State Comptroller estimates that Fort Hood contributed $35.4 billion to the Texas economy in 2015.

Texas State Comptroller – Economic Impact of Fort Hood

Fort Hood – Official Site

Fort Hood Fact Sheets

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

The Heart of Texas Defense Alliance (HOTDA) is a regional non-profit that promotes the importance and sustainability of Fort Hood in cooperation with the communities in Central Texas most affected by military activities.

The Fort Hood Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is an ongoing effort to identify ways that Fort Hood and the neighboring civilian communities can work together cooperatively to encourage compatible growth and help to ensure the long term viability and sustainability of Fort Hood’s mission. The goal of the JLUS is ensure development in the areas around Fort Hood does not interfere with the ability to carry out the U.S. Army’s critical operations.