Colorado Springs boasts a spectacular mountain backdrop, friendly and safe neighborhoods, world-class parks, trails and open spaces, and a lower cost of living than national averages. At the center of it all is Downtown, a state-certified Creative District with historic architecture, a thriving culinary scene, close-in trail connections and an adventuresome lifestyle where workers and residents can go from Downtown to down time in no time.
No. 2 Most Desirable Place to Live, Midsize Cities, US News and World Report
No. 10 Hottest Hipster ZIP code, 80903, realtor.com
No. 1 Growth in Millennial Population, Brookings Institute
Top 12 Most Beautiful Downtowns, tripstodiscover.com
In Colorado Springs, a lifestyle filled with adventure awaits. Whether it’s making your way through the 146 miles of urban hiking and biking trails around the region, building your endurance with world-class trainers, or becoming a spectator of sports teams such as AAA Sky Sox Baseball, NCAA Division I Colorado College Tiger Hockey, Switchbacks FC soccer, and Air Force football and basketball. Colorado Springs, known as Olympic City USA, is home to the US Olympic Committee headquarters, US Olympic Training Center, more than 20 national governing bodies of sport (NGBs), and the future US Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame.
Since its founding in 1871, Colorado Springs has attracted renowned painters, sculptors, photographers and other artists, lured by the area’s exceptional natural beauty and sunlight. The heart of the Pikes Peak region’s cultural scene is Downtown, a state certified Creative District. Attributes include the acoustically superior Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts; the nationally renown Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, with a 400-seat theater, art school and museum; Cottonwood Center for the Arts and its 80-plus artist studios, a fiber arts incubator, two galleries and a theater space; the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum; numerous commercial galleries; historic architecture; award-winning public art; and much more.
Bright and sunny most days of the year, Colorado Springs has an excellent climate where locals experience all four seasons. Watch the aspens change each fall from the many trails and mountain passes nearby, make some fresh tracks with major ski resorts just two hours away, and enjoy the many days of warmth and sunshine, perfect for summer gardens and the occasional beer on the patio.
When it comes to housing choice, central Colorado Springs offers it all. Urbanites choose Downtown’s walkable environment with apartments, condos or townhomes; others choose adjacent neighborhoods where mature trees complement newly constructed single family homes or historic Victorians. View our neighbordhood map here.
Colorado Springs is home to a well educated and diversified workforce, with 36 percent of adults possessing a bachelor’s degree. The city’s higher education institutions continually partner with local industry clusters to generate a growing workforce, qualified and trained for the needs of businesses. Attracting professionals from diverse backgrounds, Colorado Springs offers high-growth opportunities in industries such as cyber security, medical innovation, digital technology, sports, health and wellness and more.
With lower than average commute times coupled with a large city land mass, for most Colorado Springs citizens the primary mode of transportation is by car. However, housing in and near the city center makes multiple modes of transportation easy and convenient, by foot, bike and transit. Downtown is the city’s most walkable environment, with a Walkscore of 82 and a Bikescore of 85. Mountain Metro Transit provides 27 bus routes throughout the city that run on various time intervals, and nearly 50 percent of routes run on 30 minute service times or less. Service hours for Mountain Metro transit have increased 59 percent since 2010, leading the way toward mode shift and improving transportation options within the city.