The Texas Demographic Center projects continued growth for Central Texas. Our region has experienced significant population growth in Bell, Coryell, and Lampasas Counties, adding approximately 26,719 people between 2010 and 2016. Population projections for 2045 show that the region is likely to continue growing over the next twenty to thirty years, and could reach over 700,000 people.

Regional Population

2020 Population 

Bell County – 370,647
Coryell County – 83,093
Milam County – 24,754
Lampasas County – 21,627
Hamilton County – 8,222
San Saba County – 5,730
Mills County – 4,456

Source – 2020 Decennial Census

Source – 2020 Decennial Census

Population Projection Bar Graph

Source – Texas Demographic Center

Employment By Industry
Occupations, Wages, and Growth

Occupations were ranked by analyzing three factors: number employed, five-year growth, and average annual wages. The top 20 occupations, as ranked, are shown here. Note that not all industries are represented – this is a snapshot of the most numerous, growing, and well-paid occupations from a list of 460 SOC job fields, grouped by industry, across the Killeen-Temple MSA. See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for a complete explanation of the Standardized Occupation Codes (SOC).

Occupations and Wages Chart
Largest Ocupations Q2 2022

Educational Attainment Q2 2022


Education across the region – adults 25 to 64:

26.6% have earned their High School diploma.
28.1% have completed some college.
11.6% have earned an Associate’s Degree
15.4% have earned a Bachelor’s Degree.
8% have completed some level of postgraduate degree.

The following institutions of higher education are located in Central Texas:

Texas A&M Central Texas
University of Mary Hardin Baylor
Central Texas College
Temple College

Income and Households
Household Income Chart
Regional Summary - Download

This one-page summary contains city, county, and state populations, age, veterans, disability, household income, educational attainment, and projected population growth.

Regional Demographic Profile

Source: 2020 Decennial Census, 2021 American Community Survey, 2015 American Community Survey, Texas State Data Center

2020 Population

2020 Population – 518,529

Bell County – 370,647
Coryell County – 83,093
Hamilton County – 8,222
Lampasas County – 21,627
Milam County – 24,754
Mills County – 4,875
San Saba County – 4,456

Source – 2020 Decennial Census

Race and Ethnicity
County Tables 20222