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Pros

-Attractive setting
-Summer climate
-Educational attainment

Cons

-Growth and sprawl
-Economic cycles
-Crime rates


What Bert Has To Say About Colorado Springs Metro Area


“The Springs,” once known as a resort city, has a strong military presence and a growing commercial economy led by varying components of the high-tech industry. Several military installations, including the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Space Command are located within or near the city. The surrounding prairie provides grazing land for cattle and sheep. Summer weather is notably pleasant and dry, with only 15 days above 90 degrees. The Rockies to the west and Denver to the north provide a broad range of outdoor recreation and other entertainment.

The area has seen – and has been strained by – a dramatic population growth over the last 30 years. Some of the accompanying physical and infrastructure growth, especially in its suburbs mainly to the north, is unattractive in contrast with the existing landscape. The influx has also brought some crime problems. Employment growth slowed, in part due to the downturn in the high-tech industry, but seems on an uptrend once again. The climate and physical setting are nice, there is plenty to do, and it is an attractive place to live overall with few major negatives.

Colorado Springs is located in relatively flat semiarid country on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. Immediately to the west the mountains rise abruptly to heights ranging from 10,000 feet to 14,000 feet. Rolling prairie lies to the east. The climate is high-altitude continental with mild temperatures for the altitude. Uncomfortable extremes in summer and winter are rare and of short duration. Precipitation is relatively sparse, with over 80% falling between April and September mostly as thunderstorms. Humidity is low and it can be windy. First freeze is October 1, last is early May.


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Quick Facts About Colorado Springs


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Colorado Springs is 7.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Colorado Springs jobs have Increased by 0.88 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Colorado Springs's cost of living is 0.90% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Colorado Springs's population is 417,534 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.57 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Colorado Springs is $189,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Colorado Springs public schools spend $9,018 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.8 students per teacher in Colorado Springs.

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Living at altitude
As a life long resident of Colorado Springs I can't think of a better place to live if you enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, camping, hiking, hunting, biking,... (read more)
Could Be Better
This city has had significant growth during the last 14 years. Urban sprawl is everyhwere. Crime is on the increase. City severely lacking in mass transportation. Not... (read more)
Moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 - WILL NEVER LEA
I've traveled all over the country for work and this is the overall favorite place I've ever been. The climate is amazing due to the altitude and lack of humidity. ... (read more)
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