Harker Heights has experienced historical residential growth in the recent years. With a 50 percent increase over the 2000 census, the 2009 population estimate for Harker Heights was 26,026, making it the fastest growing city in the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood MSA.
In response to the growing number of rooftops the city has also experienced record commercial growth. In 2008 the 650,000 square foot, 82 acre Market Heights shopping center opened for business. This is the first upscale shopping center in the area and it houses more than 40 local and national businesses including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy, and several restaurants and banking locations. The center also features a state-of-the-art, 16 screen movie theater.
Younger Harker Heights residents receive their education from the three elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school located in Harker Heights and run by the Killeen Independent School District. The teachers currently serving KISD have an average of 9.3 years of teaching experience and 6.9 years within KISD. Class sizes vary throughout the district with a range of 16.4 to 21.5 students per class. Education opportunities for adults abound at Central Texas College and Texas A&M University – Central Texas. In 2010 TAMU-CT broke ground on their new campus, which, when complete, will be equipped to serve 15,000 upper-level students.
Harker Heights citizens feel safe knowing their health care is in the hands of top-notch professionals at Metroplex Health System, Scott & White, or the numerous smaller clinics. Metroplex is a not-for-profit Christian organization operating the 233-bed, multi-campus facility as a community service to the residents of Central Texas. For the past seven years Scott and White has been ranked among the top 100 hospitals in the country. While their main location is in Temple, they operate a Harker Heights clinic offering preventative care, family medicine, general pediatric care, and lab and x-ray services.