Information about Colorado Springs
Located at the foot of the 14,115-foot-high Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs was named one of the best places to retire by Forbes magazine in 2016. Colorado Springs and its surroundings are a popular vacation destination for the city's nearly 445,000 residents (based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates) and countless yearly visitors. There are winter resorts and spas around the county and in the nearby mountains.
Pikes Peak, the mountain that inspired the anthem 'America the Beautiful', dominates the horizon, offering hiking trails and stunning vistas from its summit. Weather in Colorado Springs is surprisingly mild; extremes of either hot or cold are rare. The mountains capture most of the precipitation that comes from any east-moving systems, which gives the Pikes Peak region dry and sunny weather for most of the year.
Higher Education in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs hosts several two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning. Among the oldest of these are Colorado College, a private liberal art school with an enrollment majority of undergraduate students. Pikes Peak Community College offers residents vocational training and associate degrees in a variety of subjects. Students can also attend the Colorado Springs campus of the University of Colorado.
The best-known school in the area is the United States Air Force Academy, one of the most selective four-year institutions in the country. Graduates of the Academy are commissioned as Air Force officers at the rank of second lieutenant and are required to serve for several years after graduating.
Employment and Economic Info
The major industries in Colorado Springs are in government, professional and business services, along with trade, transportation, and utilities. The United States military maintains bases and an officer-training academy in the city, while several defense contractors, including Northrop Gunman, Lockheed Martin and Exelis, are also significant employers. Colorado Springs is also the home of many religious institutions, including Focus on the Family, a Christian advocacy organization.