Fort Hood has a population of over 215,000 people stretched across over 214,000 acres. It supports more than 20 major units. The base is in Killeen, Texas, which is about an hour north of Austin.
Interestingly, the base has been home to Elvis Presley and Jackie Robinson. The base hosts one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows each year. There are plenty of child care centers and schools on base. The base is near several movie theaters, a mall and restaurants.
Living in Texas is relatively inexpensive. Currently, the cost of a home is low. If you have had a permanent change of station to the area, it might be smart to consider purchasing a home. However, purchasing a home while you are in the military can be overwhelming. It is time-consuming to sell a home on short notice if your station is changed. It also strains your finances as you may need the money from your home to relocate. If you consider rent to own, you can lock in today’s low housing prices and have the flexibility to move away if your location changes.