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Moving to the Mountains: 16 Perks of Living in Colorado Springs

Colorado Colorado Springs

by Karen Dybis Posted on January 31, 2024

With remote working and a renewed focus on healthy lifestyles, a growing number of people are looking at moving to Colorado Springs, CO. Why that area, in particular? Because the city has such a great variety of outdoor activities, walkable neighborhoods, and family-friendly places to visit — from parks to museums to restaurants. It’s earned a reputation for its temperate weather, natural beauty, and relatively affordable housing that keeps living expenses in Colorado Springs somewhat low. And that’s just a preview. 

Want to know more about what it’s like living in Colorado Springs? Here’s a closer look at what makes The Springs one of Colorado’s most popular cities, as well as answers to some of the top questions people have about living, working, and playing there.

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Colorado Springs at a Glance

  • Geography: Colorado Springs is located at the foot of Pikes Peak, 70 miles south of the state’s most populous city, Denver. Because of its proximity to mountains, you’ll find that the air is dry, there are several different elevations throughout the city, and there’s a large array of unique Colorado Springs neighborhoods and attractions, due to the surrounding natural geography.
  • Size: The city of Colorado Springs is about 195 square miles, and there are more than 9,000 acres of parkland.
  • Population: Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in Colorado, with a population of around 492,000 residents.
  • Demographics: Colorado Springs has a median age of about 35, and per the last census, the population is about 73% White, 18% Hispanic or Latino, 6% Black, and 3% Asian.

Colorado Springs vs. Denver

  • Distance: The two cities are about 70 miles apart, so you can easily travel between the two. To get from Colorado Springs to Denver and vice versa, it typically takes an hour or so to drive without any stops.
  • Cost of living: The cost of living in Colorado Springs may be 5 percent higher than the national average, but it’s lower than Denver, which is actually 11 percent above the national average.
  • Housing market: The average home value in Colorado Springs is nearly $441,000, or about $107,500 less than the average Denver home value of nearly $548,500.
  • Apartment rentals: Though the Denver market has plenty of rentals available, they also cost more than in Colorado Springs — about $430 more per month, on average.

1. The Surprising Cost of Living in Colorado Springs

Is it expensive to live in Colorado Springs? That depends. While the cost of living here is 5 percent higher than the national average, it’s lower than nearby Denver — which is 11 percent higher than the national average. And, surprisingly, not everything is more expensive here than the national average. The average Colorado Springs utility bill, for example, is nearly 8 percent lower than the country’s average, and groceries are almost 2 percent lower. Be aware, though — cost of living is always fluctuating, especially in a city growing as rapidly as Colorado Springs.

So is Colorado Springs an affordable place to live? Depending on your income level and spending patterns, Colorado Springs can certainly be an affordable place to live — especially when compared to Denver or other Colorado cities. The average home value in Colorado Springs, for example, is about $107,500 less than the average home value in Denver

Q: Is Colorado Springs expensive to live in?
The cost of living in Colorado Springs is 5 percent above the national average, but in comparison to Colorado’s capital city, it’s actually cheaper. Apartments, home values, and many major costs of living are all less expensive in Colorado Springs vs. Denver.

A happy couple looks over paperwork with their real estate agent while standing in the empty living room of a lovely home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2. Affordable Home Prices

And speaking of values, what are home prices like in Colorado Springs? It all depends on what neighborhood you settle into and what you buy. Life in Colorado Springs can be affordable for home buyers and, for many, home prices in Colorado Springs are reasonable. Colorado Springs real estate is hot, though. The average home value was about $440,900 at the end of 2023, according to Zillow.

3. The Abundant Rental Market

If you’re going to be a renter, you may question: Is it better to live in Colorado Springs or Denver? Although Denver is certainly an amazing choice with lots of rentals, it’s definitely more expensive, and you have more competition for those rentals. Colorado Springs, on the other hand, is more affordable, has less competition, and may actually have more places available to rent than you think because of the high number of colleges, universities, and military bases in the area. The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Colorado Springs is around $1,550, and the average apartment size is 858 square feet, according to RentCafe. Of course, this average goes up or down, depending on the specific neighborhood where you rent. And while most residents tend to own their homes, 39 percent of households in the city are renter-occupied.

View of Pikes Peak from Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

4. Plentiful Recreational Activities in and Around The Springs

If it’s not obvious already, Colorado Springs has great recreational options for everyone, no matter their age. In fact, it’s where the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center is located, so there are many like-minded fitness advocates literally running around. 

There are tons of trails, mountain biking spots, and hiking areas around the city, especially in picturesque parks like Palmer Park and North Cheyenne Cañon Park. And if you’re looking for other things to do with family or friends, you don’t have to look too far. Let’s take a look at some of the city’s major attractions.

What to Do in Colorado Springs

  • Cave of the Winds Mountain Park: You can tour this magnificent complex of caves daily and enjoy the rest of the Pikes Peak area while you’re there.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: This Colorado Springs zoo offers up-close-and-personal attractions and covers 146 acres. The zoo gives you a good look at the Rocky Mountain habitats of many animals and has a great primate display, as well.
  • Garden of the Gods: If you’re looking for a great place to hike and explore nature, then Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is the right spot to visit. It covers 1,367 acres with sandstone and limestone formations that are awe-inspiring.
  • Pikes Peak: Talk about a view! Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the Southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. It is just west of downtown Colorado Springs and makes for an unforgettable day trip from The Springs to its base city of Manitou Springs.
  • Pioneers Museum: This is a budget-friendly way to learn more about the history, heritage, and people of Colorado Springs. The free museum collects, preserves, and promotes the history of the Pikes Peak area and its original residents.
  • ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy: This beloved local museum is best known for its efforts to preserve the legacy of rodeo and the cowboy. It seeks to educate visitors about the impact and history of rodeo on Western American culture and to recognize notable figures (past and present) within the rodeo community.  

5. Great Neighborhoods

One of the best things about Colorado Springs is how pleasant the neighborhoods are. From walkable downtown neighborhoods and family-friendly communities, like Pleasant Valley and Shooks Run, to rural suburbs with above-average schools and space to keep horses, like Briargate and Rockrimmon, Colorado Springs really has it all.

6. Top Colorado Springs Schools

Colorado Springs has great schools, both public and private. In fact, several of The Springs’ schools (primary and secondary) rank within the top five best schools in their category for the whole state of Colorado! A few of the area’s best schools include Cheyenne Mountain High School, The Vanguard School Junior High, Fountain Valley School, and The Colorado Springs School. The city of Colorado Springs also ranks significantly higher in educational attainment than the national average.  

The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on a clear, summer day.

7. Top-Flight Colleges

There is an array of major post-secondary schools in the area, from colleges to specialty universities. A few standouts include: 

Fun fact: Many people in Colorado Springs have a degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, more than 40 percent of Colorado Springs residents age 25 and older have at least a bachelor's degree. The national number? It’s a little more than 34 percent

8. Plenty of Employers

There is a wide array of industries within Colorado Springs, creating a diversity of employment. The unemployment rate within the city stays relatively low (3.2 percent as of November 2023). And the key industries in Colorado Springs include aerospace and defense contracting, healthcare and medtech, IT, software development, cybersecurity, semiconductor manufacturing, and sports. The Pikes Peak region has more than 35 Fortune 500 companies, and some of the largest employers include Lockheed Martin, Progressive Insurance, Microchip Technologies, Newmont Mining Corporation, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Area military installations also account for some local employment, including Fort Carson Army Base, Schriever, and Peterson Space Force Bases. 

Q: Is Colorado Springs somewhere people are looking to move?
Yes, it definitely has a reputation for being an excellent place to live — even if it means making a cross-country move to get there. People come from all around for the great Colorado Springs weather, natural beauty, and interesting things to do. One of our personal faves is the Garden of the Gods!

9. Wonderful Weather

The summers are mighty nice (50°F-84°F*), and winters offer snow-worthy temps (17°F-45°F*) — an average of nearly 5 feet of snow falls annually (ski trip!). What does that mean? The area’s altitude and proximity to the mountains keeps Colorado Springs’ weather temperate year-round, but you still get to experience all four seasons. There’s also an average of 300 days of sunshine annually, so get your sunscreen ready for life in Colorado Springs. 

*Average temperatures (low and high) for the season

Q: How cold does it get in Colorado Springs?
Though you’ve likely heard of Colorado winters, Colorado Springs also experiences about 300 days of sunshine year round. The average winter temperature from the past 30 years is about 31° Fahrenheit, though the average temps in January can get as low as 14 degrees. If you’re moving to Colorado Springs, you’ll want to pack a good coat and some layers, and prepare for a beautiful snowstorm or few.

Close-up view of a restaurant table filled with delicious-looking Mediterranean cuisine, cocktails, and other drinks

10. A Cool Restaurant Scene

There are lots of local chefs that are making the restaurant scene in Colorado Springs one of the best. There are great places that have been around for decades, like Adam’s Mountain Cafe, known for the region’s two best vegetarian dishes: the Buddha Bowl and the Senegalese Vegetables. And you can catch other world flavors at eateries such as Monse’s Taste of El Salvador as well as Edelweiss Restaurant with its European favorites, such as bratwurst, goulash, and rumpsteak. Another local favorite is the Piglatin Cocina, which serves Latin-American fusion with flair. 

11. Easy Transportation

When living in Colorado Springs, you’ll likely want your own car — or perhaps two, depending on your family situation, but the traffic is generally light (though there are definitely areas prone to congestion). There is a reasonable amount of public transportation for residents through Mountain Metro Transit, the city’s bus system. And the average commute to work is only 24 minutes, despite the city’s large size of 194.5 square miles. 

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A mature couple is sitting on their couch in front of a roaring fire, drinking hot cocoa and laughing together.

12. A Great Long-Term Reputation

If you are thinking Colorado Springs might be right for you, you’re definitely going to want to look further into moving there. After all, Colorado Springs is often ranked as one of the best cities to live as well as one of the best for retirement. Want more proof? U.S. News & World Report places Colorado Springs as No. 9 on its “Best Places to Live” list for 2023-2024 and No. 94 in terms of the “Best Places to Retire.” 

13. A Top-Notch Family Environment

Families will find Colorado Springs an enjoyable place to live throughout the years of a child’s life, from those early toddler days through high school. Residents of suburbs such as Gleneagle, Palmer Lake, and Woodmoor rave about how they are the best places to raise a family in Colorado Springs, noting things such as how safe they feel, the friendly neighbors, and how comfortable the homes are for families. There is also a large variety of educational opportunities for families, as there are nine public school districts serving greater Colorado Springs with more than 100 public elementary, middle, junior, and senior high schools. There are also more than 50 private, parochial, and charter schools.  

14. Relatively Low Crime Rates

Although Colorado Springs’ crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most communities of similar population size, in February 2023, CPR News reported Colorado Springs crime has fallen since 2010, a good sign considering total crime in Colorado is up — overall crime in Colorado Springs fell almost 10 percent since 2010. During that same period, Denver's crime rate rose nearly 75 percent and about 45 percent statewide. The report credits Colorado Springs' lower crime rate to an increase in spending for the city's police department. It notes that the Colorado Springs Police Department spent about 73 percent more per resident in 2022 than in 2010.

15. Additional Pros (and Cons) of Living in Colorado Springs

As with any city, there are positives and negatives to living in Colorado Springs. So what are the pros and cons of living in Colorado Springs? 

Pros of Living in Colorado Springs

  • The city has what are considered to be some of the best environments in the Western United States — in fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked Colorado Springs the 9th best place to live in the U.S. for 2023-2024.
  • There are mountain views aplenty, given that you are living near Pikes Peak. In Colorado Springs, you have the ability to play outside most of the year and enjoy recreational sports like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and even sledding for kids of all ages.
  • Colorado Springs continues to grow because of its proximity to Central Colorado and Denver, so there are many job opportunities for those looking to move here.
  • If you have a dog, you can enjoy long walks with your pup throughout the year, as it is a very dog-friendly city. The temperatures are ideal for hanging outside and enjoying the food scene, as well.  

Cons of Living in Colorado Springs

  • There is a growing number of people moving to Colorado Springs because of its many positive attributes, so you will have competition for those jobs and housing.
  • Housing can be competitive and more expensive, as well, depending on where you’re coming from.
  • A higher population density can cause greater traffic and some additional pollution. Crime rates can be higher in parts of Colorado Springs, as well, because of the population density and overall life in a city setting, so that may be something to take into consideration when thinking about moving here.

16. Overall Quality of Life in Colorado Springs

If you’re wondering, “Is Colorado Springs a good place to live?,” the answer is a resounding yes. Living in Colorado Springs, for most people who move there or grew up there, is a great experience because of the natural environment, good economic growth, top-rated schools, and lots of recreational activities. In fact, many people describe living in Colorado Springs as like being in a year-round playground, where you can hike, ski, camp, and go rafting on the Royal Gorge. And don’t forget about the museums, parks, and a world-class zoo!

Moving to Colorado Springs? Let PODS Help You Get There

With its picturesque landscape and chance for frequent wildlife sightings, it’s hard not to fall in love with Colorado Springs. If you’re ready to make the move, the next step is planning how to make the move. Moving yourself is all well and good, but it can be stressful — especially if you’re moving cross-country. A PODS portable moving container, delivered right to your driveway so you can load on your own schedule, gives you flexibility and lightens the stress of your move. Once you’re ready, the container is picked up and taken straight to your Colorado Springs home, or you can hold it in a secure PODS Storage Center until you’re ready for it. All you have to do is get yourself there. 

For more ideas on packing, moving, and organizing this next phase of your life, check out the PODS Blog.

Karen Dybis is a freelance journalist and a frequent contributor to the PODS Blog. Her work has appeared in Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, The Detroit News, and more.

Editor’s note: For ease of reading, monthly rental prices were rounded to the nearest $25 and home values were rounded to the nearest $100.

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I lived in the Springs for 15 years and then moved to the midwest. While the housing prices are high, the property taxes and utilities (except for water) are much lower than most states. Not all schools are top notch, funding gets cut frequently. There are artsy communities like manitou to consider and also very conservative areas like North Colorado Springs. Sales tax and groceries are reasonable in CO. You need to like outdoorsy things like hiking and camping to get the most out of it, I’d say. I loved the town of woodland park just up the highway west of the springs.
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Nice article but some important facts to living here we're left out and even more so with the population increasing... Pay rate is low and does not meet the cost of living here Homeless population is increasing more and more monthly including amongst the elderly as well due to low pay and lack of affordable housing We are one of the highest city to have non profit businesses Lack as many other city's do - aid or understanding for mental health issues and impact Property/housing is largely investors who are taking away from not only the western historical values and communities but sites and neighborhoods that once was with rich history to tell. (Building permits given from behind a desk) Know your home rights, rental rights, and RV rights!!! Also may want to look at crime rate and police or lack of police involvement. Population within corrections ECT... Not much for kids to do or geared towards kids. And what they have costs a lot for a kid to do. Visit first, watch the local news, and talk to locals.
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What about churches?
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Very nice article, totally what I was looking for.
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This article was clearly written without obtaining all the facts. This city has tons of issues. Yes edelweiss is a great restaurant but there are very few good restaurants here. Housing is completely out of control and more that interest rates have gone up noone is buying. The culture here is different too.
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I love Colorado springs but it has its issues. Housing prices are very high relative to the pay here which is an issue. Most people here still don't make much unless unless they work up north. I make 80k and am surprised how high that is for this area considering the housing prices. Tech is statistically shrinking here although companies like RedHat maintain a presence. You will need time to adjust to the climate. My Floridian gf still hates the dryness and the wind all the time but I love the climate here even when it's crazy. Overall a nice safe city though. Has some bad parts but is not comparable to nearly any city in the southeast or Midwest in terms of crime and deterioration. People complaining about crime and stuff live in the very specific bad areas which can easily be avoided. If you want a nice little enclave here it will cost you an astronomical amount however. If you can live in the average neighborhoods it's still alright. The northern part is extremely exclusive.
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I don’t see anywhere in this information about how the pay rate does not coincide with the cost of living. Colorado Springs is very expensive to live. If you are coming from another state and are bringing that pay with you, it may work for you but if you are coming with out a job we wish you luck in finding a company or firm that will pay what you are worth.
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The wind is absolutely terrible in Colorado Springs, especially northeast. Forget about washing your windows, the dirt from all the open fields and construction places get everything covered up almost daily. And the driver's are speed racing, you can see the lines on the streets. And the most deadly accidents happen here from the whole state. And did i mention the Suicide rate ,the most also from the state of Colorado.
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Please do not move here! We have plenty of misbehaved people from out of state, who disrespect our people and our beloved land!
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