10. Low Utility Rates --
Colorado Springs Utilities, a public utility, offers some of the lowest rates West of the Mississippi.
9. Excellent Schools --
Colorado Springs school districts are among the best in Colorado and in the nation.
8. Excellent Colleges --
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is one of the best master’s degree institutions in the country.
Colorado College is one of the top liberal arts schools West of the Mississippi. Pikes Peak Community College has
more than 125 programs of study, offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in Career and Technical
fields. Colorado Technical University offers technology-driven degrees for every stage of a career. The Air Force
Academy is one of the most demanding and rigorous institutions in the country.
7. Low Taxes --
Colorado Springs and El Paso County off er the lowest tax burden in Colorado. Lower taxes than most of the country.
6. Exceptional talent --
Thousands of electrical engineers, software engineers, aeronautical engineers, systems administrators, executives,
creative artists, business consultants....we have it all.
5. Educated workforce --
As a metro area we have one of the highest educated workforces in the country.
4. Strong corporate environment --
27 Fortune 500 companies have a presence in Colorado Springs.
3. Low cost of living --
It’s affordable to live here. Housing is moderately priced. Cost of living is below the national average.
2. Dry, sunny mountain climate --
No extreme temperatures. Average high in January is around 45 degrees. Average high in July is around 75
degrees. Little precipitation. More than 300 days of sunshine per year.
1. Quality of life!
Outdoor, healthy lifestyle. Fittest city in America. Restaurants, nightlife, recreation. Garden of the Gods,
Pikes Peak, trails, open space, wildlife. It doesn’t get better than this.
Creating Quality Jobs for a Quality Community Since 1971.
• Colorado Springs was listed in RelocateAmerica.com’s “Top 100 Places to Live in America for 2010”. The list
focused on communities poised for recovery and future growth. The editorial team discovered communities
with strong local leadership, employment opportunities, thriving community commitment, improving real
estate markets, growing green initiatives, plentiful recreational options and an overall high quality of life.
• Colorado Springs ranked 12th best place for business and careers according to Forbes.com. The annual
rankings are based on factors such as cost of doing business, job growth, education attainment and
• Colorado Springs ranked 6th “Most Wired City” by Forbes.com. The study was compiled by computing the
percentage of Internet users with high-speed connections in a particular city and the number of companies
providing high-speed Internet in that area. (03/10)
• Colorado Springs ranked 10th “Best City to be a Woman” according to Women’s Health magazine. The study
was based on 35 health and lifestyle areas including health, life and fitness. (12/09)
• Colorado Springs ranked 18th Friendliest Bike City in America by Bicycling magazine. Editors evaluated
cities with 100,000 or more people, with the rankings based on cycling-friendly statistics (numbers of bike
lanes and routes, bike racks, city projects completed and planned) and bike culture (number of bike
commuters, cycling clubs, cycling events, renowned bike shops). (04/10)
• Colorado Springs ranked 4th Fittest City by Gallup. Gallup’s telephone survey, which was conducted between
December 29, 2009 and January 2, 2010, calculated average body mass index based on the heights and
weights the respondents provided. The study also recorded information of health habits such as eating,
exercise and access to health insurance. (03/10)
• Colorado Springs wins national award for cultural diversity by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected
Officials, a constituency group of the National League of Cities. The award is based on implementing quality
and innovative programs in communities to enhance and promote cultural diversity. Each year, the City
Cultural Diversity Awards recognize city programs which encourage citizen involvement and show an
appreciation of cultural diversity. (03/10)
• Colorado Springs ranked as one of the top “10 Best Drivers’ Cities in America” list according to Car & Driver
magazine. Factors such as frequency of sunny days, car ownership costs, and annual road salt use factored into
the ratings. (12/09)
• Colorado Springs ranked 9th in “America’s Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities” by Forbes.com. The study was based
on solid housing markets, relatively stable employment, enviable cost of living and quick commutes. (11/09)
• Colorado ranked 8th “Healthiest State in the Nation” by the United Health Foundation. The survey evaluated
measures that ranged from basic health statistics such as cancer and high-blood pressure to lifestyle indicators
such as unemployment, geographic disparities and crime. (11/09)
• Colorado ranked 4th “Happiest State” by LiveScience.com. The study includes six types of well-being: overall
evaluation of lives, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors (such as whether a person smokes or
exercises), and job satisfaction. (11/09)
• Colorado Springs ranked 24th Metro Least Touched by Recession by Business Week. The report was based
on a combination of stable home prices and sizable sectors in health care, energy, government,
and education. (10/09)