Coppell: A Dallas Suburb with a Small-Town Feel

Coppell: A Dallas Suburb with a Small-Town Feel

Coppell: A Dallas Suburb with a Small-Town Feel 

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S., with 7.5 million current residents and many more moving in. It’s a unique location mixed with big city, suburban, and small-town settings that can make this large hot spot inviting for any lifestyle to settle in and call home. With this continual pace of growth, the entire Dallas area feels like it’s in a constant state of redevelopment, with new retail centers, commercial and living spaces, and public transportation coming online. Finding the right place to buy or rent a home in all of this can be a struggle.

At LocaLyfe, we pore through mountains of hyperlocal data to measure factors unique to healthy, sustainable communities. Then we rank those communities to match a person’s stage of life and daily-life priorities and interests to find the right fit for their next home. This is one in a series of blogs that takes deep dives into smaller communities and neighborhoods to give readers a sense of what it would be like to live there.

In this blog we take a look at one of Dallas’s numerous attractive suburbs: Coppell.

Coppell - Dallas, TX


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Coppell, located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, is home to a little over 41,000 residents. It occupies about 14.7 square miles located between I-635 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway) and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to the south, Highway 121 to the west, the Sam Rayburn Tollway to the north, and the George Bush Turnpike to the east. Coppell boasts over 35 restaurants, hundreds of businesses, and plenty of fun and exciting events for kids and adults alike. 

The city contains many houses, condos, townhomes, and apartment complexes for any lifestyle. Monthly rental prices at the time of publication range from $1400 to $4000 but can go much higher. Meanwhile, home values have experienced 25% growth since 2014, and prices range from $187,500 to $2,750,000 at time of publication. 

Coppell is home to people of all ages, with a median age of 38, and a fairly even spread of residents between the ages of 20 and 60. The city’s median household income is $127,667, according to the City of Coppell. The city is well-educated: 96.7% of residents have graduated high school while 66.5% have received a bachelor’s degree or higher. Meanwhile, only 4.2% of residents live below the poverty line. 

With community-driven plans for the future, including Vision 2030, an extensive plan detailing changes both in-progress and on the way for Coppell, as well as ideas for Vision 2040, Coppell appears on the move. Yet it still provides residents with a small town feeling and charm. New residential spaces and retail centers are inbound for Coppell, as are plans for improved transportation and mobility. The city features fun parks, great health care (including emergency services), farmers markets, and plenty of events for people of all ages. Coppell is a beautiful city that packs a lot into a small town feeling.

Getting Around

Coppell has the Dart bus and rail systems, which travel to other parts of Dallas-Fort Worth, including directly to the airport. But transportation services throughout the city can be limited. With a WalkScore® of 25 and a BikeScore® of 32 from WalkScore®, owning a car is necessary for completing daily tasks or simply for the daily commute. 

With new bike and walking trails on the way, Coppell looks set to become much more accessible to those wishing to bike and walk more. The city is also within easy driving distance of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and car share services like Uber® and Lyft® are available with little wait. 

Food & Shopping

Source: Coppell Parks & Recreation NRPA Gold Medal Submission

Plenty of food options are available in Coppell. Check out Coppell Farmers Market if you’re looking for fresh produce farm to table, available year round every Saturday. Grocery options include a Tom Thumb, a Sprouts Farmers Market, and a Natural Grocers. Don’t let the small town feel fool you into thinking your dining options are limited, dining choices are diverse in Coppell. You will find the usual tasty range of barbecue, Mexican and Tex-Mex fare to be expected from this region. Consider Hard Eight BBQ or try Taco Naan for a unique approach to tacos. You’ll also find many other choices such as Mediterranean at Zoë’s Kitchen, Chinese roast duck at Beijing Brothers, Japanese at Mua Sushi Grill, Asian fusion at Pan Acean, and Greek at Little Greek Fresh Grill, and of course a smorgasbord of fast food choices in Coppell. Meanwhile, dining choices really open up with the cities of Grapevine to the West and Irving to the South and East.


An excellent facet of Coppell is its beautiful parks. Coppell Nature park features 66 acres of green, with daily events, trails, and plenty of space for activities. The park is dog friendly and features tennis courts and fields for football, baseball, and soccer. Educational events for kids are hosted throughout the year.

Source: Coppell Parks & Recreation NRPA Gold Medal Submission

Andy Brown Park, split into three separate parks, features 170 total acres, with trails, playgrounds, and plenty of open space. Year-round events hosted here include local food truck gatherings, music shows, free movie showings, holiday events for Christmas and Easter, and many more.

Source: Lake Grapevine - Rockledge Park

Want to spend a day by the water? The 8,000 acre Lake Grapevine is a short drive to the west from Coppell and is full of activities such as fishing, boating, and camping. It hosts a marina if you’re looking for a place to store your boat. A bit further to the north is Lake Lewisville, which feeds the Elm Fork Trinity River that runs east of Coppell. The lake covers 29,000 acres with 233 miles of shoreline. Fishing, boating (including rentals), camping, golfing, hiking and biking are among the activities enjoyed on and along the expansive Lewisville Lake.

If you’re looking to tee, chip, and putt your way across an 18-hole golf course, Coppell is home to the Riverchase Golf Club, offering 6,593 yards of this beautiful course to enjoy. Easily book a tee time on their website.

Right next door to Coppell in Grapevine are the Legoland Discovery Center and the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium. And if you are into live music, check out the shows at The Sound in Coppell.


A variety of strong schools are available in Coppell. The lowest public school score from is a 6 out of 10, but most score 8 or above. Schools ranked highly by GreatSchools are spread across Coppell and feature different focuses for students of all interests. This includes Coppell High School, one of the top high schools in the area and home to the Coppell Cowboys, their popular football team. 

College is available nearby for Coppell residents. North Lake Community College North Campus is less than 10 minutes away and provides students with a diverse education. North Lake Community College West Campus is also less than 10 minutes away and focuses more on preparing students for the construction industry. The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Dallas both are a 30-minute commute from Coppell.

Source: Coppell Arts Center 2018

The arts are inbound for Coppell, with the development of the Coppell Arts Center to be completed Spring 2020. It will feature two theaters for hundreds of patrons, multiple multi-use spaces for arts communities to host meetings or rehearse, as well as galleries for displaying art and spaces for art classes and lectures.

Createria Studios hosts art classes for children and adults alike, including classes on clay making, drawing, and painting. They also host summer camps for kids, with topics including 3-D art, national park scenes, and cartooning. 

Community Engagement

Coppell is home to the Coppell Youth Soccer Association which sponsors soccer teams and hosts games in the Spring and Fall, primarily for youth but they also have an adult co-ed soccer league. Coppell Parks and Recreation hosts an almost endless amount of activities for youth and adults alike. These include sports, such as basketball, badminton, fencing, and sand volleyball, as well as activities, such as robotics and engineering. 

Theatre Coppell is a lively performing arts center hosting plays using local volunteers (adult and youth). Another great arts addition to the local scene comes from a dance school, Blue Flame Performing Arts, which teaches various types of Indian dance and sponsors or hosts shows.

Healthy Living

Coppell contains and is close to several hospitals and medical centers, including Baylor Health Center as well as urgent care centers Legacy ER & Urgent Care and Urgent Care of Texas @Coppell


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Cover Photo Source: Coppell Parks & Recreation NRPA Gold Medal Submission