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Overview

Introduction to Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, located in the Rocky Mountains just east of Pikes Peak and 66 miles south of Denver, is the second-largest city in Colorado. Begun as a resort community in 1871, Colorado Springs saw its population rise with the discovery of gold in nearby Cripple Creek in the 1890s. A view of the surrounding area from atop Pikes Peak in 1893 inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose the lyrics of America the Beautiful. During and after World War II, the US Army built Fort Carson and the US Air Force set up the Air Force Academy and several bases in Colorado Springs. The city remains a popular tourist destination and a military center, but the arrival of Hewlett-Packard in 1962 established Colorado Springs as a high-tech mecca. The city's beauty and strong economy attract many high-tech firms and young professionals to the area. With a population of 370,000, Colorado Springs is one of the country's fastest-growing cities.

Colorado Springs Culture

Outdoor sports so connected with the area dominate the themes of the city's top museums. Colorado Springs is home to the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame, as well as the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy. The arts are also well represented. The Fine Arts Center has a first-class art museum, a performing arts theatre, and school of art. Theaterworks, at the University of Colorado, offers a Shakespeare Festival each summer. The city also hosts a Jazz Festival in July and a Wine and Music Festival in September.

Colorado Springs Sports and Leisure

In minor league baseball, the Colorado Springs SkySox are the AAA-affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Pikes Peak International Raceway, just 15 miles south, hosts NASCAR events. For major league sports, Denver is an hour drive north, with baseball's Colorado Rockies, the NFL's Denver Broncos, the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the NHL's Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado Springs Outdoors

Spectator sports are an option, but for the outdoor enthusiast, the real draw is the magnificent outdoor paradise of the Rocky Mountains. Rafting, horseback riding and ballooning are all spectacular. Dozens of hiking trails are available within the city. The New Santa Fe Regional Trail, Pikes Peak Greenway and the Fountain Creek Regional Trail form a 35-mile pathway popular among hikers, runners and bicyclists. But nothing beats the area's skiing. Within a 2-hour drive is Vail, the most visited ski resort in the United States. For year-round skiing, a permanent snowfield at 11,000-foot-high St Mary's Glacier is just a few hours away. Also within that distance is Aspen, the popular and celebrated ski getaway for the wealthy, filled with 14,000-foot peaks and a heavy dose of culture.

Colorado Springs at Night

A large student population and a growing economy contribute to the city's hopping nightlife, with many bars and dance clubs clustered along North Academy Boulevard. With so much to see and do, Colorado Springs is one of America's up-and-coming places for young people.

People

Total Population 442,040
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 210,769
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 50.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.2%
Median Earnings25+ $36,030
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,864
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,232

Wealth

Median Family Income $69,058
% Above Poverty Level 86.6%
% Below Poverty Level 13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $922
Median House Value $212,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.1%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Colorado Springs Almanac

Category Value
County El Paso
Metro Area Colorado Springs
Standard Zip Codes 80903, 80904, 80905, 80906, 80907, 80908, 80909, 80910, 80911, 80912, 80913, 80915, 80916, 80917, 80918, 80919, 80920, 80921, 80922, 80925, 80926, 80928, 80929, 80930
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80901, 80914, 80931, 80932, 80933, 80934, 80935, 80936, 80937, 80949, 80960, 80962, 80970
Company Zip Codes 80940, 80941, 80942, 80943, 80944, 80945, 80946, 80947, 80950, 80977, 80995, 80997
Phone Area Codes 719
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.833
Longitude -104.82

Colorado Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station COLORADO SPRINGS MNPL AP
Distance 5.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 42 F
Apr Temp 31 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 84 F
Oct Temp 34 to 63 F
Annual Precip 17.4 inches
Station RUXTON PARK
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 32 F
Apr Temp 19 to 44 F
Jul Temp 40 to 70 F
Oct Temp 23 to 52 F
Annual Precip 24 inches
Station FLORISSANT FOSSIL BED
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 39 F
Apr Temp 21 to 53 F
Jul Temp 41 to 78 F
Oct Temp 22 to 60 F
Annual Precip 14.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Colorado Springs, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cmafb (80914)

Consolidated Space Operation (80912)

Peterson A F B (80914)

Rockrimmon (80919, 80949)

Schriever Air Station (80912)

Security (80925, 80928, 80929, 80930, 80931, 80911)

Stratmoor Hills (80906)

Widefield (80911)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cripple Creek 1,341 $40,903
Fountain 27,062 $62,226
Green Mountain Falls 671 $87,159
Manitou Springs 5,211 $84,333
Monument 6,252 $94,784
Woodland Park 7,155 $79,856

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Colorado Springs Public Libraries

Library
Pikes Peak Library District
20 N. CASCADE AVENUE
Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 531-6333
Library Web Site
Security Public Library
715 ASPEN DRIVE
Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 391-3191
Library Web Site

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Colorado Springs Hospitals

CENTURA HEALTH-PENROSE ST FRANCIS HEALTH SERVICES
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2222 N NEVADA AVE
(719) 776-5111
Emergency Service: Yes

MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM
(Government - Local)
1400 E BOULDER ST
(719) 365-5116
Emergency Service: Yes

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Colorado Springs High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

DOHERTY HIGH SCHOOL
4515 BARNES ROAD
719-328-6400
Serves 2,140 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

PALMER HIGH SCHOOL
301 NORTH NEVADA AVENUE
719-328-5000
Serves 2,016 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY CHARTER
8650 SCARBOROUGH DRIVE
719-282-1181
A Charter School.
Serves 1,894 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL
1590 WEST FILLMORE STREET
719-328-3600
Serves 1,716 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

MITCHELL HIGH SCHOOL
1205 POTTER DRIVE
719-328-6600
Serves 1,706 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

WASSON HIGH SCHOOL
2115 AFTON WAY
719-328-2000
Serves 1,582 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

RAMPART HIGH SCHOOL
8250 LEXINGTON DRIVE
719-594-9292
Serves 1,536 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

SAND CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
7005 NORTH CAREFREE CIRCLE
719-572-0924
Serves 1,414 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL
1200 CRESTA ROAD
719-475-6110
Serves 1,374 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL
8720 SCARBOROUGH DRIVE
719-282-1000
Serves 1,373 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

PINE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
10750 THUNDER MOUNTAIN AVENUE
719-598-3127
Serves 1,319 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

WIDEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
615 WIDEFIELD DRIVE
719-391-3200
Serves 1,302 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

MESA RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
6070 MESA RIDGE PARKWAY
719-391-3600
Serves 1,210 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

SIERRA HIGH SCHOOL
2250 JET WING DRIVE
719-579-2090
Serves 1,171 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL
2755 JANITELL ROAD
719-579-2080
Serves 1,092 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

JAMES IRWIN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
1602 SOUTH MURRAY BOULEVARD
719-576-8055
A Charter School.
Serves 299 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

NIKOLA TESLA EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY CENTER
2560 INTERNATIONAL CIRCLE
719-520-2701
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 283 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.7

GLOBE CHARTER SCHOOL
2132 EAST BIJOU STREET
719-630-0577
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 212 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

CIVA CHARTER SCHOOL
2577 NORTH CHELTON ROAD
719-633-1306
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 180 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

COMMUNITY PREP CHARTER SCHOOL
332 EAST WILLAMETTE AVENUE
719-227-8836
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

BIJOU ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM
730 NORTH WALNUT
719-328-7900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 151 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

HANOVER JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
17050 SOUTH PEYTON HIGHWAY
719-683-2247
Serves 148 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

ADULT & FAMILY LITERACY
610 BROOKSHIRE AVENUE
719-538-1407
A Non-traditional School
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

NEW HORIZONS EVENING SCHOOL
1530 SOUTH CIRCLE ROAD
719-227-7758
A Non-traditional School
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 56

ASPEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
1450 CHAPEL HILLS DRIVE
719-594-9023
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

DISCOVERY HIGH SCHOOL
701 WIDEFIELD DRIVE
719-391-3121
A Non-traditional School
Serves 100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

NEW HORIZONS DAY SCHOOL
1530 SOUTH CIRCLE ROAD
719-227-7758
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 87 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.8

TUTMOSE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
2573 AIRPORT ROAD
719-473-6566
A Charter School.
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

PALMER NIGHT SCHOOL
301 NORTH NEVADA AVENUE
719-328-5040
A Non-traditional School

DIAGNOSTIC AND SPECIAL LEARNING CENTER
2560 INTERNATIONAL CIRCLE
719-520-2570
A Special Education School

DOHERTY NIGHT SCHOOL
4515 BARNES ROAD
719-328-6440
A Non-traditional School

ADULT EDUCATION CENTER
917 EAST MORENO AVENUE
719-328-2975
A Non-traditional School

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
1115 NORTH EL PASO STREET
719-520-2084
A Special Education School

COLORADO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
33 N. INSTITUTE ST.
719-578-2100
A Special Education School

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Exchange National Bank Building between 1900 and 1910

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Exchange National Bank Building between 1900 and 1910

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Hotel Colorada i.e. Colorado c1899.

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