Posted on February 2, 2016 - 04:46 PM by Elizabeth Palmer
Colorado Springs had been nominated several times in many categories as one of the most attractive and desirable places to live and has been in the recent years on top of so many national lists (the Best Big City by Money Magazine in its "Best places to live"). It does not surprise me! What a great place to live! Colorado Springs ranked as:
The greenest city (150 parks and 260 miles of trails)
#3 "Best Cities for a Housing Recover" in 2009
#9 "America's Best Bang for the Buck Cities" in 2009
#12 "Best Places for Business and Careers" in 2010
#10 "Best Place to be A Woman" in 2009
#9 "Best Place to Raise a Family" in 2008
#5 "Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play" in 2008
#4 "Best Value City for 2011" (So pertinent in our day and age)
#2 "Fittest City in America" in 2009 (recent opening of health clubs : Flying Horse Health Club and Spa, Villa Sport and Life Time Fitness)
National Winner of Cultural Diversity in 2010
Best City to Raise an Outdoor Kid in 2009
There are many factors which have contributed to such a high nomination of the top "Best Value City": recovering economy (unemployment rate is approximately one percentage point below the national average and the city is offering companies tax incentives), healthy real estate market, many attractions in town, strong military presence (home to five military bases, which employ 10% of the workforce), more than a dozen colleges, low costs of living (average sale price is under 230,00 and it is less expensive to purchase a home here versus renting), unique climate and more.
Colorado Springs is home to a few national employers, including Hewlett-Packard, T-Mobile, Verizon and Progressive Insurance.
The Springs has been recently selected to host the US Pro Cycling event which will last 7 days and will cover 500 miles. Many international champions along with 500,000 visitors are expected to attend which is nice boost for economy!
It has been proven with all of great nominations and awards mentioned above, that "we are a city to be envied," as our hometown newspaper, the Gazette, once wrote.