Colorado Recruiting Zone - Colorado Springs


Colorado Springs Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1886
  • Economy is driven primarily by the military, the high-tech industry, and tourism
  • Placed #1 in Outside Magazine's 2009 list of America's Best Cities.


  • Population: 414,658
  • Median Age: 34
  • Land Area: 186.1 square miles
  • County: El Paso

Environmental Attractions

  • 151 parks over 9,000 acres
  • 265 miles of trails
  • 48 open spaces areas over 5,000 acres
  • Home to famous natural attractions such as Pike’s Peak and Garden of the Gods

Fun Facts

  • Pike’s Peak is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan's Mount Fuji.

Arts & Culture

  • Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is a living history farm dedicated to preserving the historic landscapes, buildings and social history of the Pikes Peak Region from 1775 - 1920. Using living history guided tours and educational programs, the site presents the stories of the American Indians, early pioneers, farmers and domestic servants who made this area their home.
  • The Pioneers Museum has over 40,000 objects in its collection including nationally significant collections of quilts, Van Briggle art pottery, regional art and hundreds of items representative of the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho cultures.

Major Employers

  • Fort Carson Army Post
  • Peterson Air Force Base
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Memorial Health Services
  • The Broadmoor
  • Worldcom

Economic Development

  • Colorado Springs offers an alternative rate of tax on machinery or equipment incentive, which provides a sliding scale of decreasing taxation on large purchases of manufacturing equipment. The city also offers a Business Personal Property Tax Incentive Program, and a Retail Enhancement Program.
  • More than 2 million passengers pass through Colorado Springs Airport (COS) each year. COS is a major catalyst in the growth and development of the Colorado Springs region, and plays a significant role in bringing new business, conventions and tourism to the area.