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Harker Heights Population Exceeds 30,000

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

According to a recent press release from City Manager, David Mitchell, the city of Harker Heights has reached a new milestone. The newest population data states that Height’s population has grown to 30,000 residents. In 2010, the city’s population was a little more than 26,000, showing a gradual increase in residents moving to the area over the past seven years.

The city uses a variety of methods to track population growth; data sets from the Census, which are taken every 10 years, are cross-referenced with water account information and building permits. The most recent population numbers indicate that the city’s population exceeded 30,000 for the first time this past month. Though the milestone brings no changes to the city’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction or to the city’s operations, it’s considered an exemplary accomplishment in regards to the city’s progress and growth.

“Harker Heights continues to strive to be a destination of choice for residents and businesses,” says Mitchell. “We are proud of this new milestone and we look forward to doing everything in our power to provide outstanding service to our citizens.”

The city of Harker Heights was founded in 1960 through the efforts of Pinckney Cox and Harley Kern, two hog farmers who originally owned the land before subdividing it and selling lots to the increasing military and civilian population. The “Harker” in Harker Heights was in fact a shortening of Harley Kern’s name to pay homage to him after his death in 1957. Cox was elected mayor of the city upon its official establishment on September 24, 1960. Harker Heights is the third largest city in Bell County, after Killeen and Temple. The original city was 950 acres in size and held a population of around 600 people. Today, the city has over 9,000 acres with a population in excess of 30,000.

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