Situated in Coryell County in Central Texas, the community of Gatesville is popular with residents and visitors alike. The population of Gatesville was 15,591 based on the 2000 census. The Gatesville population was 15,252 in July of 2008. Gatesville is actually part of what is known as the Kileen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is also conveniently located near Waco, Texas. Visitors will find Gatesville situated at the intersection of State Highways 36 and 84 in the Heart of Texas. The town of Gatesville also has convenient access to Interstate 35.
There are numerous things to enjoy about Gatesville, whether you happen to be visiting or you are thinking of relocating to the area. Gatesville was named for Fort Gates back in 1854 and is now the North Entrance for Ft. Hood, the largest US Army Post. Gatesville is also home to the largest spur collection in the entire world, the Mitchell Collection. As a result, Gatesville has come to be known as the "Spur Capital of Texas."
The economy in Gatesville has remained strong, in large part due to the area's connection with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the several prisons that are located in the area. There are also many attractions and entertainment options located in Gatesville and beyond, including one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in the country.
The type of small home town, family friendly community that everyone would like to call home, Gatesville offers plenty of opportunities for education, employment and recreation. Combined with a low tax rate and an even lower crime rate and it is little wonder that so many people have already called Gatesville home. If you are looking for a place with plenty of heart, look no further than Gatesville; right in the heart of Texas!