Eight Things to Know Before Moving to Copperas Cove, TX
Mulling over a move to the Cove? The mid-sized community of 32,706, which began as a farming and ranching town back in the late 1800’s, is a great place to call home. It serves as a bedroom community for soldiers and non-military employees at nearby Fort Hood, but it’s also an affordable place to call home for families, young professionals and anyone who prefers a smaller hometown that still offers access to all of the amenities and services of a big city.
Here are eight things to know about Copperas Cove before you move there:
The Cost of Living is Low
If you’re on a budget, Copperas Cove is a great place to move to. The cost of living is not only lower than the surrounding communities, it’s lower than the Texas average and the US average. The median home price here is a super affordable $104,300.
It’s Been Home to a Surprising Amount of Famous People
Not including the large number of celebrities who have lived on-base at nearby Fort Hood (Tia and Tamera Mowry?!?), Copperas Cove itself has seen its fair share of famous folks. Because the school district is big on sports, it comes as no surprise that most of these people are athletes. Robert Griffin III (aka RGIII), Charles Tillman, TJ Hollowell and Vontez Duff are just a few major athletes who once lived in Copperas Cove. Michael Stipe, lead singer from the band R.E.M. also lived in Copperas Cove for a while and is remembered fondly by his former teachers at Copperas Cove High School.
It’s a Major Military Town
Get ready to see a lot of red, white and blue plus men and women in uniform. Copperas Cove has a large population of military members, military families and DOD employees. That’s because Fort Hood, a 214,968-acre army base is one of the largest military installations in the world (at one time, it took the top spot). Approximately 65,000 soldiers report for duty at Fort Hood everyday. A large number of non-military employees ranging from cafeteria workers to teachers also are employed by Fort Hood.
You Probably Won’t See a Tornado, But Be Prepared Anyway
Copperas Cove is sitting pretty in Tornado Alley. These scary weather events aren’t incredibly common, but it’s still smart to know what to do if one occurs. If the area issues a tornado warning, keep tabs on weather reports and take caution. If there’s a tornado warning, that means a tornado has been spotted in the area and it’s time to take shelter. In 2007, a tornado damaged several homes, trees and fences in Copperas Cove, but fortunately only 18 people were displaced and there was only one minor injury.
You Will Probably Go to Killeen A Lot
Despite its growing population, Copperas Cove still feels like a small town. While that’s nice when it comes to knowing your neighbors and getting around, it can be a hassle when it comes to shopping and employment opportunities. Fortunately, Killeen is just a 15-minute drive away and has everything you can’t find in Copperas Cove. Just be sure to plan your visits there around the morning rush hour traffic, which is the result of all of those people commuting to Fort Hood.
Year-Round Events Make Copperas Cove Lively
In the springtime, stick around town for Rabbit Fest, an annual event that features a carnival, food, petting zoo, pony rides, a parade and yes, a rabbit show. Over 20,000 people typically attend. Other popular events include outdoor movie nights, charity runs and a food truck festival at City Park that includes bounce houses for the kids and a wine and beer tent for the grown-ups.
Copperas Cove is Investing in Parks
Since 2017, Copperas Cove has been embarking on a $3.7 million project to improve its parks. This is good news for fans of the community’s eight parks, which include City Park, with its two ponds and pool, Ogletree Gap Park with its pavillion and paths for sunny strolls and Kate Street Park with its awesome playground. All parks are open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., so on the hot days of summer you can enjoy cool mornings and evenings outdoors.
Bulldawg Pride is Everything
Copperas Cove is a typical Texas football town. The school district not only fosters a lot of athletic talent, it builds a sense of community. If you really want to feel like a local, invest in some Bulldawgs gear, stat. Go Bulldawgs!