Why is Colorado Springs Consistently Ranked One of the "Best Places to Live" ?
Type Colorado Springs into your search engine and the phrase "Best Places to Live" will inevitably come up at the top of your search. Over the last several years, the Springs has popped up in various publications' "Best" lists. Whether it's Outside Magazine's "10 Best Big Cities for Active Families" or U.S. News and World Reports "Top 100 Best Places to Live in America", Colorado Springs is consistently near the top. And along with the "best places" rankings comes the correlated real estate boom, especially over the last two years, when the pandemic has seen a flight from densely populated (and expensive) cities to cities and towns with a lower cost per square foot and greater access to open space. We at Clement Marzolf are definitely on the "Best Places to Live" bandwagon. And we think you should be too.
Here are our Top 10 reasons why Colorado Springs is a "Best Place to Live".
10. The Fine Arts Center. This little gem of a theater/ art gallery/ art studio always has something worth seeing. Whether it is top quality theatrical productions or thought-provoking exhibits, the Fine Arts Center (FAC) has been actively refining the Colorado Springs community since 1936. The FAC is at the center of a thriving and growing arts scene in Colorado Springs, one that is beginning to rival bigger cities to the north and west. Whether it's a concert at the Pikes Peak Arts Center or a gallery walk for First Friday, there is a growing list of cultural events for Springs' residents to enjoy. Pikes Peak Radar will keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings. Check out more of our favorite cultural outings here.
9. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Did you know that Colorado Springs had a zoo? Did you know that zoo is ranked #4 in the Top 10 Zoos in the Country by USA Today (yet another "Best" list)? Located at 7,000 feet, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also the highest zoo in the country. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers tons of unique experiences and is beloved by children and adults alike.
8. Sunny Days. Colorado Springs boast 300 sunny days a year. That's a lot of Vitamin D. But just because we see a lot of blue skies, don't assume that COS is a desert. We also get up to 18 inches of rain and 57" inches of snow per year, so our spring is a lovely, verdant green. When it does snow, it typically melts quickly, the sun never stays away for long here.
7. Good Food. When you think of culinary capitals, Colorado Springs may not come to mind, but over the last several years, the Springs has been bringing its A-game to the table. Hip, new spots like COATI, White Pie, Ephemera, AMBLI, and Almagre have joined established favorites such as Summit, Four by Brother Luck, and Shuga's to give the Springs a varied and delicious culinary landscape. There are so many great restaurants here in the Springs, check out our list here.
6. Switchbacks. We aren't talking about the kind you find climbing a mountain. The Switchbacks FC is Colorado Springs' professional soccer club. They recently moved into a beautiful new stadium complex at Weidner Field and when you aren't there to cheer on the home team, you can catch some great concerts and events in the state-of-art stadium.
5. Olympics. Colorado Springs is home to all things Olympics. Have you ever run into an Olympian out training on the trails? How about at school drop off? Or downtown while shopping? We have! Colorado Springs is home to the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, Olympic and Paralympic Museum, and two dozen National Governing Bodies for various sports, from USA Basketball to USA Bandminton. Colorado Springs is Olympic City, USA and we take our nickname seriously. There is always some Olympic-related event happening around town, and nothing is more inspiring than watching an Olympian train right on your home street!
4. Schools. It's not all fun and games in the Springs. We also have a serious side. And our schools are top-notch. Three of our school districts were ranked in the top 15 school districts in Colorado, and Cheyenne Mountain District 12 is consistently ranked #1. But it's not just our K-12 schools that get high-marks. Colorado Springs is home to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and Colorado College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in the heart of downtown, Colorado College gives the Springs an unexpected "college-town" vibe and with their dominant NCAA ice hockey teams, they also give us a hometown team to cheer on.
3. Red Rock Open Space. Actually, any and all open spaces in Colorado Springs. And there are a lot of them. The city operates nearly 8,500 in parkland acres. This includes incredible parks such as Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Open Space, Stratton Open Space, Ute Valley Park, and the Paint Mines Interpretive Park. The best part of these open spaces is that they are enjoyable year round. Mountain biking, hiking, snow shoeing, and even cross country skiing make these trails useable whether its rain, sun, or snow. And speaking of snow, if downhill skiing is your thing, you can be at the slopes in just under 2 hours, whether you are sneaking around the back way to Breckenridge or hitting up hometown favorite Monarch Mountain. Check out our favorite ways to enjoy the Colorado Springs outdoors here.
2. Jobs. Colorado Springs is a job-making machine right now. Home to five military installations plus the Air Force Academy, the Springs will always have defense-related industry. But we also have impressive job growth with the emergence of a new Amazon distribution center, an emerging tech industry, and growth in health-care related jobs. During the last two years of the pandemic, Colorado Springs has seen significantly less job-loss than other big cities and the projected job growth over the next ten years is a whopping fifty percent.
1. Community. Whether you live in the Broadmoor, the Old North End or Briargate, the Springs has a strong sense of community. Although our population is almost 500,000 and the city boundaries stretch 195 square miles, we lovingly refer to the Springs as the "biggest small town in America". You are always running into someone you know, or someone who knows someone you know. And that connection has created a deep pride in our city. And while it's nice to be acknowledge by the outside as a "Best Place to Live", we already knew that.
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