Colorado Springs, CO Location Overview

The Colorado Springs MSA has an estimated population in excess of 760,000 people. The economy is driven primarily by the military, the high-tech industry, and tourism, in that order. The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs and is home to more than 4,000 cadets. The defense industry is a significant part of the Colorado Springs economy, with some of the city’s largest employers coming from the sector. A large segment of this industry is dedicated to the development and operation of various projects for missile defense. With its close ties to defense, the aerospace industry has also influenced the Colorado Springs economy.

Colorado Springs is the largest city by area in Colorado and is also the county seat of El Paso County, the most populous county in Colorado. Colorado Springs is located approximately sixty miles south of Denver. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of Pikes Peak, which rises 14,115 feet above sea level on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Colorado Springs is at an elevation of 6,035 feet above sea level. The city is home to 24 national governing bodies of sport, including the United States Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Training Center, and USA Hockey.

Colorado Springs, CO

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Most Desirable Place to Live in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report (2023)
Best Cities for Defense Jobs (2023)

Top Highlights

Top employers: Lockheed Martin, United States Olympic Committee, Microchip, Progressive and Newmont

Top educational institutions: United States Air Force Academy, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College and Colorado Technical University

Military bases: Fort Carson (25,000+), Peterson Air Force Base (8,740+) and Shriever Air Force Base (8,100+)


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