Colorado Recruiting Zone - Pueblo

 

Pueblo Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1885
  • One of the largest steel-producing cities in the U.S.
  • Historic Arkansas Riverwalk offering shopping and recreation opportunities

Demographics

  • Population: 149,513
  • Median Age: 35
  • Land Area: 45.4 square miles
  • County: Pueblo
     

Environmental Attractions

  • The Arkansas River is host to a variety of sports, including kayaking, boating, water-skiing, and river surfing
  • The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk spans 35 acres and has many walking and biking trails

Fun Facts

  • Pueblo is the hometown of four Medal of Honor recipients - Drew D. Dix, Raymond G. Murphy, William J. Crawford, and Carl L. Sitter. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower upon presenting Raymond G. "Jerry" Murphy with his Medal in 1953 commented, "What is it... something in the water out there in Pueblo? All you guys turn out to be heroes!" In 1993, the City Council adopted the tagline "Home of Heroes" because it can claim more recipients per capita than any other city in the United States.

Arts & Culture

  • Open year-round, the Pueblo Zoo is home to more than 420 animals of 140 species.
  • Featuring art created by local, regional and nationally recognized artists, the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center includes a three-building complex with six galleries, as well as the Buell Children’s Museum.
  • Historic Memorial Hall seats more than 1,600 for live plays, concerts and more. The hall is also where President Woodrow Wilson made his last speech in 1919.

Major Employers

  • Midwest Fabrication and Steel
  • Convergys
  • Trane Company
  • Mission Foods
  • Innotrac Corp.
  • Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel Mill

Economic Development

  • Vestas has announced that it will build the largest (nearly 700,000 square feet) wind turbine tower manufacturing plant in the world at Pueblo's industrial park. A number of scientific studies now list Pueblo as the state's best place for solar energy and a good place for solar companies to locate.
  • Situated about five miles from the Central Business District of Pueblo, Pueblo Memorial Airport is used for commercial passenger flights, as well as charter, military and business travel by based and visiting aircraft, plus recreational and general aviation flights and flight training. The airport also offers nonstop service to Denver, which is 40 miles away, twice each day.
  • Minnequa Park is a 4,700-acre industrial park is located south of Pueblo, and is adjacent to both Interstate 25 and two major rail lines, the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern.