Arlen, Texas is a fictional
town in the state of Texas where the
television show King of the Hill
It has a population of 145,300.
Arlen is located in the fictional Heimlich County
town's slogan is "Someplace Special." While Dallas and Houston are featured
in numerous episodes as big-city destinations, the nearest large
Texas city seems to be Austin, as a number
of Arlen's high school football games are played against cities
like Belton and Killeen which are both just over an hour north of
However, it is never revealed in the show where
Arlen is specifically located. Dallas is also well-known for its
, the definition of which fits
a recent interview, creator Mike Judge
has cited Garland, a Dallas
suburb, as the specific inspiration for Arlen.
29, "Hank's Dirty Laundry," address labels are printed which state
that Arlen's ZIP code
is 78701 which is in
use in Austin (although in the final episode, "To Sirloin with
Love", the ZIP code on Boomhauer's driver license is 73104 (which
is Oklahoma City, OK)). In episode 190 Arlen's original name of
"Harlottetown" is revealed. In the Episode "Après Hank, le Deluge,"
a flash flood threatens Heimlich County, it is mentioned that
is already under a flash
flood warning, implying that Heimlich County is near Travis County,
further reinforcing the theory that Arlen is a suburb of Austin, as
Austin is in Travis County. A road sign with the text "Welcome to
Arlen Texas" states that the population is 145,300 and that the
area is 8,793.
Irving is listed as another Possibility. Irving is the home to Tom
Landry Middle School the school Bobby Hill Attends. The
Neighborhood West of the school has the same configuration as the
houses on Rainy St. With an Alley in the back fences and well
- Arlen Community College, Luanne attends it after dropping out
of beauty school
Arlen Independent School District (called Heimlich County School
District in earlier episodes)
seen in "Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story" when Bobby
pretends he is a high school student with a kidney problem and ends
up winning No Doubt for the prom.
The town's main newspaper is the Arlen Bystander
referred to in episode "Bystand Me
Another newspaper, The Arlen Advocate
, is mentioned in the
episode "My Hair Lady
Channel 84 is the main Television Station, where Nancy Gribble is
first a Weathergirl, and later News Anchor. It is unclear whether
84 is an affiliate station, or independent. It is most definitely
not a Fox
station as Bobby
tries to unblock the Fox station in the episode Enrique-cilable Differences
is also previously mentioned by Hank that the only time the Fox
station is unblocked is during football
- Rainey Street, the main alleyway of the show
- Strickland Propane, owned by Buck
Strickland and where main character Hank
Hill sells "propane and propane accessories."
- Thatherton Fuels, main rival of Strickland Propane formed by a
former Strickland employee named M.
Lo Mart, A retail store/Parody of Walmart, one of a
chain that opens "400 new stores a year." Chuck Mangione is their celebrity spokesman
(although he now hides out in the storage space behind the toilet
paper shelves.) The store was damaged in an explosion caused by
mis-handling of some propane tanks; he was the only person killed
as a result.
- Get In, Get Out, a parody of 7-Eleven.
- Arlen Barn, popular restaurant famous for meat loaf
- Arlen First United Methodist Church, which burns to the ground
shortly after it gets its first female minister (due to an odd
chain of events started by Bobby gorging himself on her lutefisk).
- Hotel Arlen, which in the past was populated by large numbers
of prostitutes, as seen when Cotton took
a teenage Hank, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer there.
- 9 Rivers Country Club, an all-Asian membership club with
golfing, swimming pools, cafeterias and lounges, and other athletic
- Luly's, a buffet restaurant, is a direct parody of Luby's Cafeteria, which is only located in four
states (Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas). The vast majority
of the locations are in Texas.
- Casa Linda Apartments, a series of singles apartments (mostly
for singles but families are allowed there). It is where Cotton
Hill and his family stayed after they were kicked out of their
house in Houston, and where Buck Strickland stayed for a time
during his estrangement from his wife, "Miz Liz."
- Whataburger, a real Texas based
chain of fast food restaurants that the members of the show eat at,
often used as a reward for doing something good.
- Shiney Pines, a trailer park that Luanne Platter lived in and that was hit by a
- Goobersmooches - a fictional restaurant based on Fuddrucker's
- Waffle house - Parody of Waffle
House Most mentioned in "the smoking bandit"
- Sugarfoot's - A barbecue restaurant owned by the Strickland
family. Peggy managed it briefly after Buck signed it over to the
Hills in an attempt to hide assets from Miz Liz, who was
threatening to divorce him; he later reclaimed it from her. When
business was threatened by a ban on trans
fats, Buck set up a mobile lunch van to get around this
In "Hank's Cowboy Movie
", it is
disputed whether the residents are called "Arlenians" or
"Arlenites." The issue is never precisely resolved, however, Peggy
states that the proper term is "Arlenian," but TV sites that deal
with the show prefer "Arlenite."