Copperas Cove


Copperas Cove lies just west of Fort Cavazos among the rolling hills and beautiful expanses of Central Texas. This quiet community dates back to the late 1800s and provides a rural respite, affordable housing, and wide-open spaces to its roughly 30,000 residents.

In 1879, a small ranching and farming community settled in the “Five Hills” region of Central Texas. Named for the mineral taste of the local spring water, Copperas Cove got a population boost with the arrival of the railroad in the late 1880s. In 1942, Camp Hood (which later became Fort Hood, and now Fort Cavazos) put Copperas Cove on the map and has been supporting the community’s economy ever since.

Wildflowers, shady oak trees, mesquite sage, and cacti make up the local flora, and wildlife sightings of armadillos, wild turkeys, deer, and roadrunners are common. While primarily residential, you are very close to the “country” in Copperas Cove, and there are miles and miles of scenic biking and running trails that you can use to get outside.   

Easy access to the back gate and West Fort Cavazos makes Copperas Cove ideal for those commuting to the ranges and Clear Creek. Living in the Cove also puts you a bit closer to Austin for work or play. Shopping and amenities are a little more scarce out here, so you may find yourself traveling into Killeen for anything beyond the basics.


Copperas Cove’s population consists of a lot of military families and a healthy retiree population, so it’s a little less transient than communities south of Highway 190. The proximity to Fort Cavazos and the availability of affordable “starter homes” is appealing to many junior enlisted families and young couples.

Neighborhood Feel

Most of Copperas Cove was founded just after World War II, and the homes resemble the mid-century community planning of the era. Single-family bungalows from the 1950s and small brick ranchers from the 60s are the norm. Newer, “cookie-cutter” homes are sprawling westward on tracts of subdivided farmland. Apartments are closer to the heart of town.  

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Neighborhood Location

Clear Creek Gate
Drive Time to Gate
12 to 22* minutes
By Transit

Neighborhood Info

Copperas Cove - Fort Hood, TX -

Points of Interest

Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive-Thru Safari

Cinergy Cinemas and Entertainment

Copperas Hill Estates Park

Hills of Cove Golf Course

Big Plus

The cost of living in Copperas Cove is very low, and single-family homes are around $120k to $130k.

The Cove is a quiet, rural community with lots of breathing room.

The outdoorsy types will be drawn to this region for the running trails, biking, green spaces, and parks.

Copperas Cove is closer to Georgetown and Rolling Rock than the communities south of Highway 190. If you or your spouse will be traveling to those areas for work, this is a great “split-the-difference” locale.

The Cove is very convenient to West Fort Hood and the ranges, so if you or your spouse will be commuting to those areas, you should consider living here.

Things to Consider

Shopping is scarce, but there is a Walmart and an H-E-B in town. Residents looking for bigger stores and name-brand shopping travel to Killeen or Harker Heights. Some see the 15 to 20-minute drive for shopping as an acceptable sacrifice for savings in housing costs.

Copperas Cove is one of the older communities surrounding Fort Hood and is considered by many to be “pretty far out there.” If that’s your thing, you’ll thrive. But, if you’re of the “I-have-to-be-near-a-Target” mindset, you may want to shift your sights to the southeast side of post.

Central Texas gets hot. We’re talking sweltering hot. Transplants from anywhere except the southeastern U.S. report experiencing climate shock. This semi-arid region has warm winters and hot, humid summers. Look for homes with big, shady oak trees to save on cooling expenses. Irrigation systems are also a huge money and time saver if you plan to keep up a yard. Also, be aware that this is part of Tornado Alley.

How’s the Market?

The average Copperas Cove home value is $213,318, up 9.7% over the past year, and goes to pending in around 30 days, according to the Zillow Home Value Index (May 2023). 

The housing inventory in Copperas Cove appears to offer some of the older, smaller, and least expensive options around Fort Cavasos. Scope out the area and do your research on potential properties, or hire one of our Scouts to recon for you!

School Scoop

Public schools in Copperas Cove belong to Copperas Cove Independent School District (CCISD).

CCISD offers a full-day 3-year-old preschool program to children of military members residing in the attendance zone of the on-post school they will attend. A full-day 4-year-old preschool program is available to children of military members, those who speak a language other than English at home, those eligible for free/reduced lunch, and homeless and foster children.

Out-of-district transfers in CCISD are based on attendance, discipline, and space. Families that utilize these transfers typically incur tuition fees, but military families are exempt.  

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