Colorado Springs has a unique personality and for those who get bit by the bug, they are likely to quickly buy the popular bumper sticker that reads, “Not a native but I got here as quick as I could!” Our team has compiled ten tips we like to share with clients moving to Colorado Springs.
- RAPID GROWTH: Colorado Springs has experienced an explosion of growth over the last six decades. This city has proven to be one of the best places to live in the United States, which helps increase the demand for people moving to the Colorado Springs area. In 2020, the estimated population of the Colorado Springs metro area is 668,000 people. This number includes cities like Fountain, Manitou Springs, Monument, and Peyton, which are all suburbs.
Throughout this growth and change, there are still dozens of close-knit neighborhoods and communities who support each other, gather for neighborhood BBQ’s, and celebrate graduations and new babies coming home. We realize it is difficult to determine which neighborhood is going to best meet your needs, when moving into a new city. My team and I love to give tours to buyers and show you around town, helping you to zero in on your piece of heaven, and we are happy to share our decades of knowledge about Colorado Springs.
- THERE IS A NEIGHBORHOOD FOR EVERYONE:
Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs offer different experiences based on their elevation, proximity to the mountains and desired amenities. Parts of town generally get more rain in the summer, and are a gardener’s dream, while other areas tend to hold their snow longer. Some streets are lined with flowering trees in the Spring, and yet others showcase their gorgeous autumn leaves. All this different activity happens within a few minutes’ drive.
There are many neighborhoods in the Colorado Springs Area that distinctly feel like you are living in Colorado; pine and aspen trees, hiking trails outside your door and a variety of wildlife to watch daily. There are also neighborhoods that showcase exceptional mountain views because they are a bit farther east of the mountains. We have neighborhoods to meet all hobbies, from those who are endurance athletes, road bicyclists, hikers, golfers, or families looking for a neighborhood pool and weekly summer concerts.
Many areas of Colorado Springs have retained the small-town feel. As opposed to Denver, Colorado Springs is easy to navigate and only takes a couple of months to learn your way around, and everyone is friendly to offer directions and suggestions (particularly if you ask what their favorite hike is!).
We are gradually getting restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options that you might expect to see in larger cities, but Colorado Springs maintains its small
city charm, and you can truly drive anywhere you need to go in about 30 minutes,
just about any time of the day.
The average elevation is around 6,000 feet above sea level. It can vary by over 2,500 feet as you travel from the Southside (near Fountain) to the Northside (near Monument (7,100 feet) or west to Woodland Park (8,500 feet).
Our Neighborhoods Tab has a helpful interactive map to show you some of the attributes and differences among neighborhoods within Colorado Springs, as well as surrounding towns.
- OUR CLIMATE IS DRY!
Colorado Springs is a high desert climate, right up against the mountains. We average 18 inches of precipitation per year, where the US average is 38 inches per year. As such, our climate is quite moderate. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 84°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 92°F. The air is clean and crisp in Colorado, Skies are blue, and you can usually see for tens of miles! The dry air also helps take the chill out of the winter air, which is why you will often see people in short-sleeve shirts in the middle of winter.
- OUR WILDLIFE IS PLENTIFUL AND VARIED (and none want to eat you)!
Colorado Springs residents occasionally see bears, but mostly on their friends Facebook pages! Bears honestly are more interested in trash cans left outside all night,
or the unattended dinner remains in a restaurant dumpster. At some point while living or traveling in Colorado you will see lots and lots of deer, foxes, coyotes, antelope, bunnies, squirrels, hawks, geese and if you are lucky, a moose or bald eagle.
- IT DOESN’T SNOW All THAT MUCH!
The weather on the Rocky Mountains’ front range is much less harsh than being directly in the mountains. This dynamic is one reason why most Colorado residents live on the front range. The snow in Colorado Springs only affects the area while it is coming down. Once the snow has fallen, the roads are plowed, and the sun melts the snow on the pavement usually within the day. The sun is intense in Colorado, and we enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine per year.
Colorado Springs averages 57 inches of snow per year, but it takes 12” of snow to equal 1” of “precipitation”, so the snow accounts for about ⅓ of our 18” of precipitation per year. If you have snow tires and/or all-wheel drive, there’s minimal threat of being
snowed in. Even without snow tires, the conditions are generally safe to drive throughout the winter. For those who love the snow, communities west and north of Colorado Springs would be a great fit!
- WE LOVE OUR MILITARY!
The military has a significant presence in Colorado Springs. More than 40,000
Active-duty service members and 80,000 veterans live in the area. You will often see an array of military aircraft or USAFA cadets flying overhead and hear someone loudly remark “It’s the sound of freedom!”
Many businesses offer military discounts and special incentives to active duty
personnel throughout the year. Often military families will purchase a home here with the intention of settling after their service is completed. There are neighborhoods that commonly attract military families and have a higher turnover, and there are others filled with predominantly native Colorado Springs residents, and everything in between!
- FASHION IS (MOSTLY) FUNCTION!
Have you ever noticed the fashion of people standing at different airport gates? If not, pay attention next time and you can almost always tell where the plane is flying based on how the people are dressed. Those going to Colorado will most likely be dressed in layers of clothing, be wearing a down jacket or fleece vest and hiking boots or Chaco sandals. Needless-to-say, the line gets blurred between the clothes you would wear to recreate in Colorado Springs, and what you would wear out to dinner. By and large, it is a casual place to live and people’s clothing, entertaining and hobbies reflect that.
- PIKES PEAK IS INSPIRING!
No matter where you are in town, you can see Pikes Peak. Every day, the ridges
and shapes of its face become more familiar. After a few years, you will find
“America’s Mountain” has become like the face of an old familiar friend.
Not a week has gone by since I have lived here that I do not look at it and get a
warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. it is a special thing that makes this city stand out from others.
Many restaurants and coffee shops have done a great job of creating outdoor seating with Pikes Peak views, and the City Council protects the views by not allowing buildings to develop above a certain height.
One of the biggest decisions in buying a home here is whether you want to live on the south or west side of town where you can step out your door and recreate in the mountains, or the north or east neighborhoods that enjoy glorious mountain views.
- WORK HARD- PLAY HARD!
47% of Colorado Residents hold a bachelor’s degree, and 24% a master’s degree. Jobs are plentiful here in Aerospace, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Sales, Ministries, Financial Services, Education, Telecommunications, Tourism and more. We are home to Colorado College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, The Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak Community College, which really brings a wealth of opportunity for higher education and jobs in education.
As hard as Colorado Springs residents work, they take their fitness and recreation very seriously. Regardless of the weather, time of day or time of year, you will see people outdoors participating in all kinds of recreational activities: skiing, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, OHV, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, running, mountain and dirt biking… to name a few!
Health food markets, farmers markets, and local eateries are plentiful here, including many options for those who are vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. We would love to share our favorites with you!
You will find that many of the “healthiest cities in America” articles include Colorado Springs. The beautiful outdoor setting and numerous trail systems inspire people to get
outside and explore. As home to the Olympic Training Center, many Olympians and Elite athletes train here. We actually host a marathon on Pikes Peak each summer! Keep your eyes peeled as you drive because cyclists share our roads, as well as enjoying over 100 miles of off-street trails. Just 25 miles west of Colorado Springs, there are more than 495 miles of roads and trails for 4x4s, side-by-sides, ATVs and dirt bikes! Unique to many small cities, Colorado Springs boasts 135 neighborhood parks, and neighboring towns Monument and Palmer Lake each host fishing and paddle boarding in the summer. Health is an integral part of people’s lives here, and it shows.
- DOGS AND MICROBREWERIES ARE BELOVED!
Dogs are more than pets here, they are family! People love to hike and walk their dogs and there are wonderful dog parks all over the city where locals meet and let their dogs play together. Many shopping malls and restaurants allow dogs to dine alongside their “family.”
With several dozen microbreweries in the area, casual dining is the predominant restaurant concept. Several former schools have been turned into microbreweries, including one where the beer is brewed in the former library and you can go to the Principal’s office to retrieve your preferred mug of ale! Fittingly, many of these microbreweries welcome dogs!