The Community of

Belton, Texas is home not only to great people, but a thriving community of friendly businesses, great schools and charitable civic organizations.

Animal Services

In a joint effort with the County of Bell, Belton aims to manage dangerous, stray, and sick animals for the general health and safety of the citizens. The Bell County Animal Shelter makes every effort to remove problematic animals and find suitable homes for these animals through adoption.


The City has several associations that promote special interests. Among them are Downtown Belton Merchants Association that hosts market days and a partner in an annual Christmas event and the 1874 Church Restoration Committee that involves in the restoration effort for Belton’s oldest church.

Business Development

Belton has a strong pro-business community. It always looks for ways to promote economic growth by supporting local company expansions and new entrepreneurship ventures.

Chambers of Commerce

There are several chambers of commerce in the Bell County area including the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce that strongly supports the annual Belton 4th of July celebration and other major endeavors. Other notable chambers of commerce in the surrounding area are the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce, Killeen Chamber of Commerce, and Temple Chamber of Commerce.

Civic Clubs

There are several civic clubs in Belton that are making a big difference in the community through various programs such as supporting education and beautifying parks, etc. These civic organizations include Belton Young Professionals, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, and Rotary Club.


Belton’s rich cultural history is captured in The Story of Bell County published in 1998 by the Bell County Historical Commission. Other great historical resources include Bell County Museum, Belton Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Lena Armstrong Public Library.


Belton is home to the prestigious University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB). A private Baptist university, UMHB is the oldest continuously operating college in the state of Texas. Another well-regarded institution is the Belton Independent School District.


The City of Belton is the seat of Bell County. It is a home-rule municipality that operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Information about the City Council, other government agencies, and important city documents can be found online.

New Residents

The city partners with 2TurnItOn to help new residents avail themselves of utility services such as electric, gas, and water. The utility service firm takes the hassle out of connecting the utilities of new residents.


The Parks and Recreation Department always looks for new recreational programs for the community. The City of Belton has several recreational programs that take place at the Harris Community Center and other venues.