Located at the base of Pikes Peak about 70 miles south of Denver at an elevation of 6,035 ft. is the beautiful city of Colorado Springs. With majestic Pikes Peak at 14,110 feet above sea level serving as its natural backdrop, it is no wonder that Katherine Bates was inspired to write America the Beautiful when she stood atop that Peak in the summer of 1893. The climate of Colorado Springs is relatively mild and dry since the city is protected from harsh weather by the Rocky Mountains in the west. At this high altitude, the oxygen is less dense so humidity levels are low.
Colorado Springs has been ranked #1 in Money Magazine's BEST PLACES TO LIVE issue for large cities with over 300,000 in population. Although residents here do not consider this a big city, they'll take the recognition. Colorado Springs boasts over 300 days of sunshine, a physically fit community, great schools, a mild climate, low humidity, and most importantly, friendly people. Colorado Springs was ranked 3rd for AMERICA'S FITTEST CITIES 2005, by Men's Fitness Magazine, 1st Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine in 2006, and placed #1 in Outside's 2009 list of Americans Best Cities.
Affordable housing can be found in Colorado Springs, Colorado with the median price being $246,500 and an average sales price of $214,950. This city is also home to 5 military installations, including the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base and NORAD. Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Training Center (its high altitude makes training here optimal) and the world famous Broadmoor Hotel.
Colorado Springs offers a competitive and diverse economy with services and supplies for virtually any industry. The city’s primary employers include 27 Fortune 500 companies and represent sectors ranging from aerospace & biochemistry to defense and semiconductor manufacturing. The military presence accounts for 40% of the economy with a diversity of missions and service personnel.
Colorado is identified as the least obese state in the nation as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Colorado Springs was identified as “Thin City”. Jogging, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and rock climbing are a way of life and one-tenth of a percent of sales tax raises 6 million dollars a year for trails, open spaces and parks. In fact, any new development must contain a park by law, which is why Colorado Springs boasts 124 neighborhood parks. Not to mention world-class ski resorts where fresh powder is usually on the menu.