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What It's Like to Live in Copperas Cove, Texas

Thinking of moving to Copperas Cove, Texas? Located in Coryell County, this Texas Hill Country city is close to Fort Cavazos (formerly known as Fort Hood), making it attractive for military families as well as others who appreciate a cost of living that’s generally below the national average. 

Cost of Living

Compared to other areas of Texas, Copperas Cove offers an affordable cost of living. Area residents enjoy a 20% lower rate than the U.S. average. The cost of living encompasses housing, groceries, utilities and transportation. Median household income is around $59,441. While that is lower than the national average of $69,021, the poverty rate in this Central Texas city is also low, at around 7.7%. 


Copperas Cove offers residents a robust selection of employment opportunities. Some of the largest area employers include:

  • Central Texas College
  • AdventHealth Central Texas
  • Copperas Cove Independent School District
  • GC Services
  • H-E-B 
  • Walmart


With an average of 15 students per teacher, Copperas Cove Independent School District encompasses preschool through high school. It offers students a wide range of options beyond the standard curriculum, such as Advanced Placement courses. Individuals may choose to study one of several foreign languages, including American Sign Language. A variety of extracurricular activities, such as music and drama programs, also help keep students engaged.


This area of Texas offers overall warm temperatures year round. While summer temps can reach the high 90s, winters tend to remain mild, with mid-50s being the average. April, October and November are the most pleasant months. Annual rainfall of approximately 33 inches is lower than the nation’s average of 38 inches. 


With a median age of 32.1, Copperas Cove has a significant population in the 20- to 30-year-old demographic. The area also offers a racially diverse population. More than 94% of residents have a high school diploma, with just over 22% holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Small-Town Feel

Residents appreciate Copperas Cove’s small-town atmosphere. The area offers ample job opportunities, and there’s plenty to keep you entertained when you’re off duty. With a population of approximately 38,000 people, however, you don’t have to contend with the traffic and other frustrations that come with living in a larger city. That said, if you want to have a taste of city life that’s just a short drive away, Austin is an hour and a half south and San Antonio is a bit further at two and a half hours’ drive south..

Things to Do in Copperas Cove, Texas

Don’t be fooled by Copperas Cove’s modest population of 38,000. There’s plenty to keep residents as busy as they want to be. Some activities and areas of interest include the following:

  • Golf course
  • Five parks within the city limits
  • 12 churches
  • Three gyms or health clubs

In addition to the daily diversions, Copperas Cove also offers seasonal festivals and special events, and is known as the “Bike/Run Capital of Central Texas.”

Rabbit Fest

Typically held in mid-May each year, Rabbit Fest draws more than 42,000 people to the Copperas Cove City Park. Attendees can watch the U.S. Cavalry Riders perform and enjoy a parade, food and craft vendors, live entertainment and carnival rides.

Copperas Cove Farmers Market

From the first weekend in May to the last in October, residents can buy local produce, taste freshly prepared food and enjoy community spirit on Thursdays between 4 and 7 p.m. The market is held in the City Park’s parking lot at 1206 W Avenue B. In the event of inclement weather, it will relocate to the Copperas Cove Civic Center.

Copperas Cove Food Truck Festival

Held in the spring, the annual Copperas Cove Food Truck Festival features a 5K run from 8-10 a.m. The festival operates between 5 and 11 p.m. the same evening. Enjoy the food truck competition while you sample a variety of delectable fare along with beer and wine.

Copperas Cove Fall-O-Ween Festival

Held at the City Park Complex on the last Saturday in October between 5 and 9 p.m., the Fall-O-Ween Festival is a great way to let your kids dress up and enjoy trick-or-treating. There’s also a costume contest and a variety of other attractions and games. 

Contact a Property Rental Company in Central Texas

Whether you’re relocating from out of state or another part of Texas, the property experts at Isbell Rentals can help you find the right home for your situation. We can help singles looking for a condo, roommates who prefer a townhouse, and families concerned about the elementary schools serving their potential neighborhoods. Contact Isbell Rentals through our online form or by email at to arrange a property showing. We offer rentals throughout Central Texas, including Belton and Harker Heights.

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