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History and Character: Salado boasts a rich history dating back to the 1850s, evident in its well-preserved Victorian-era buildings and vibrant arts scene. The town exudes a small-town charm, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Location: Salado is conveniently located in Central Texas, approximately 30 miles north of Killeen and 60 miles north of Austin. It is easily accessible via Interstate 35 and Highway 77. The closest major airport is Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport (Killeen, TX).

Demographics: Salado has a population of around 2,500 residents and is known for its friendly and welcoming community. The town attracts a diverse mix of residents, including retirees, young families, and artists.




  • Salado Village Historic District: Explore historic buildings, art galleries, and unique shops.

  • The Stagecoach Inn: Experience the town's rich history at this meticulously restored stagecoach stop.

  • The Salado Glassworks: Witness the art of glassblowing and purchase handcrafted souvenirs.

  • The Mill Place: Enjoy live music, theater performances, and art exhibits.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Hike and bike through the scenic trails at Salado Creek Park.

  • Visit Chalkridge Falls Park for swimming, fishing, and picnicking.

  • Explore the nearby Salado Creek Greenbelt for nature walks and wildlife observation.

Family-Friendly Activities:

  • Visit the Salado Animal Park, a petting zoo with a variety of animals.

  • Take a ride on the Salado train, offering scenic tours of the countryside.

  • Attend the annual Salado Christmas Stroll, featuring festive lights, music, and shopping.

Nightlife and Entertainment:

  • Salado offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars with live music and outdoor seating.

  • Enjoy a performance at the Salado Community Theatre or The Stagecoach Inn.


Salado is served by the Salado Independent School District, known for its small class sizes and dedicated teachers. The district operates Salado Elementary School, Salado Middle School, and Salado High School, all receiving high ratings from the Texas Education Agency. You can find more information on the school district's website at

Cost of Living:

Salado's cost of living is slightly above the national average, primarily driven by housing costs. However, groceries and utilities tend to be slightly lower than the national average. Compared to nearby cities like Killeen and Austin, Salado offers a similar or slightly lower cost of living.

Unique Features:

  • Salado is known for its vibrant art scene, with numerous art galleries and studios showcasing local talent.

  • The town boasts a unique collection of historic buildings and landmarks, offering a glimpse into its rich past.

  • Salado Creek and Chalkridge Falls Park provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.


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