Fort Hood is one of the largest military installations in the world, encompassing over 217,000 acres (340 square miles) of southwestern Bell and Southeastern Coryell counties. Fort Hood is located in Central Texas between Killeen and Copperas Cove and is approximately 60 miles north of Austin, 50 miles south of Waco, 160 miles south of Dallas, and 150 miles north of San Antonio.
According to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, 68,942 jobs were directly attributed to Fort Hood operations in fiscal 2011, up from about 67,000 jobs in fiscal 2007. Employees at Fort Hood consist of active duty military, federal civilian workers, contract personnel and Killeen Independent School District workers. In addition, there are 79,454 family members supported by these jobs. Fort Hood was indirectly responsible for an additional 214,344 jobs throughout the state.
In terms of payroll, Fort Hood paid its active duty military personnel and civilian workers more than $3.14 billion in fiscal 2011. It paid more than $514 million to its contractors and more than $3.86 billion to veteran retirees.