Copperas Cove is a city located in central Texas at the southern corner of Coryell County with smaller portions in Lampasas and Bell counties. The city lies in what is known as the Limestone Cut Plains of central Texas, within the hills situated between the Lampasas River and Cowhouse Creek valleys, known as the “Five Hills” area.
As of the 2020 census, there were 36,670 people, 12,632 households, and 8,911 families residing in the city of Copperas Cove. According to 2010 Census information, the racial makeup of the city was 65.36% White, 20.43% African American, 0.87% Native American, 2.70% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 4.98% from other races, and 5.09% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 11.69% of the population.
The first evidence of human habitation in the Five Hills area dates back to at least 4,000 BCE. Artifacts include evidence of skeletal remains, arrowheads, and other stone tools, which have been found along local creek beds and valley floors over the years. In 1825, Mexico provided Stephen F. Austin with a land grant encompassing a large area including present-day Copperas Cove. The city greatly improved in 1882 when the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway expanded into the region, promoting steady growth.
The city is home to a very large number of military members stationed at Fort Hood with more than 36,000 employed there as well as over 14,000 civilian employees. Additionally, the Copperas Cove Independent School District employs approximately 1,300 residents.
Culture & Recreation
Copperas Cove is home to the 4-day Rabbit Fest, a arts and crafts festival held every May. It includes a carnival, midway, parades, cook-offs, and other family activities. Other events include The Ogletree Gap Heritage Festival is held at the city’s original town site, the Ogletree Gap Stagecoach, and Post Office. It occurs annually on the third weekend of October. Food, arts and crafts, Civil War reenactments, a petting zoo, pony rides, and kid’s games are available.