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Overview

Introduction to Fountain, Colorado

Fountain, Colorado, in El Paso county, is 12 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Colorado Springs metropolitan area.

Fountain History

Fountain was established in 1859. It is the oldest El Paso County town. After its establishment, it developed into an agricultural hub. Crops and cattle were transported by railroad to and from Fountain. One of the most significant events in Fountain’s history was a train collision in 1888. The event is referred to as The ‘Blast’ and happened when a freight train carrying many tons of explosives collided with a passenger train. The resulting explosion could be heard from several miles away and created a fifteen deep and forty feet wide crater, killing many people.

Fountain and nearby Attractions

  • Fountain Creek Regional Park
  • Appletree Golf Club
  • KOA Campground
  • Pikes Peak
  • Big Johnson Reservoir
  • John Metcalf Park

Things To Do In Fountain

The city of Fountain has several parks which are frequented by residents and visitor. These have amenities for a variety of recreational activities ranging from picnic areas and play grounds to sports fields. The nearby golf course provides opportunities for golf enthusiasts. There are also a number of reservoirs and lakes nearby which are suitable for several types of aquatic activities.

Fountain Transportation

Denver International is the nearest major airport.

Fountain Higher Education

Pikes Peak Community College, the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado offer higher educational opportunities.

People

Total Population 27,062
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 5.2%
Employed Population 16+ 11,943
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 62.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,226
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 17.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,233
Median House Value $185,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 12.2%

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

Fountain Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County El Paso
Metro Area Colorado Springs
Standard Zip Codes 80817
Phone Area Codes 719
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.682
Longitude -104.7

Fountain 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 9.3 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 18.5 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 RUSH 1 N
Distance 34.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 37 F
Apr Temp 28 to 56 F
Jul Temp 53 to 82 F
Oct Temp 31 to 61 F
Annual Precip 14.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Colorado Springs 442,040 $69,058
Green Mountain Falls 671 $87,159
Manitou Springs 5,211 $84,333
Victor 374 $53,125

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

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Fountain High Schools

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FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON HIGH SCHOOL
900 JIMMY CAMP ROAD
719-382-1640
Serves 1,218 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

LORRAINE ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
301 EAST IOWA
719-382-1550
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.8

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