Colorado Springs in High Regards for Best Places to Live
As Colorado Springs has lived in the shadow of its thriving economic and cultural metropolitan sister, Denver, the ranking second best city to live in the U.S., published by the U.S. News and World Report magazine, marks a new lifting point for our once quiet city. Moving up nine places from the previous year, this ranking reflects, as Mayor John Suthers stated in the Business Journal; “what residents have known for a long time, which is that Colorado Springs is a wonderful place to live.” Suthers believes with the investment residents have proposed with the improvement of local parks and trails, as passed by Ballot Issues 2A and 2C, incorporated the overall desire to be apart of our community; may that be for residents, businesses, non-profits, boards, commissions, and other groups that “make the city a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”
Metrics That Make a City Great
What makes Colorado Springs one of the best places to live in the U.S.?
The metric system in place that has derived this exceptional ranking for our city is based on three factors; quality of life, affordability, and job prospects, all of which are assessed by the U.S. Census Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Bureau of Labor, and overall ranking of best schools and hospitals.
- Quality of Life: What does everyone want out of their home? It’s no secret that Colorado Springs is known for its expansive outdoor options; from parks and mountain trails to rock formations and waterfalls, all of which are practically in your own backyard. Local events range from the Parade of Lights for Christmas fun to the rush of the soaring Thunderbirds of the Air Force Academy graduation. Not to mention the small-town charm Colorado Springs still exudes, even though there is a total population of over 400,000 residents. What’s not to love about the quality of air and those four full seasons?
- Affordability: Even though Colorado Springs ranks as the 2nd largest city in Colorado, the average price of a home is among the most affordable in the state, as the average price is roughly $140,000 less than Denver. With the median home income of $54, 527 for the typical resident, the projected income needed to live comfortably remains around $49, 415.
- Job Prospects: Mayor John Suthers hopes this ranking will promote business expansion of existing companies and will persuade relocation for others. With this high-quality job growth, the overall unemployment rate rests at 2.8%, a decrease from last year at 3.3%.
Neighborhoods on the Rise
What are the contributing factors for a neighborhood to be ranked at the best?
Neighborhoods that project high income, low unemployment rate, low crime, high home price, and high population density. Let’s take a look at some neighborhoods on the rise in Colorado Springs.
- The Farm: located off of Interquest and Voyager, the growth on the North side of the city is substantial. With serene landscapes; including ponds, open space, and a picturesque view of the front range, The Farm is an “inspired place offering the freshest architecture from the finest local builders.” Metrics aside, what does the north side of Colorado Springs have to offer? We all like to eat, right? There is a great brick-oven pizzeria in the neighborhood, Duca’s Neapolitan Pizza, that serves up some of the most delicious brick-oven pizza at a reasonable price, not to mention, it’s family owned and operated, making for a quaint little spot to grab a quick bite. Across the way is a beautiful park that includes numerous trails and The Promenade Shops are just down the street.
- Flying Horse: Voted best home development of Colorado Springs, here’s what Flying Horse has to offer; not only will you find breathtaking homes complete with a view, but a resort-style athletic club and spa complete with an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course. The euro-style clubhouse offers accommodations from fine cuisine to Tuscan-style lodging for club and resort members. Luxury has a name in Colorado Springs and that is Flying Horse. What to get to know the neighborhood, being due north of Shoup Road, Black Forest Regional Park is short distance away, along with Bass Pro Shop and its surrounding development, including, but not limited to, B. & Potts Brewpub, Overdrive Raceway, and Sprouts Farmer’s Market.
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