Colorado Springs is located in the east central portion of the State. It’s sited on Fountain Creek and is 60 miles (97 km) south of the State Capital, Denver, known as the “mile high” city.
Colorado Springs tops out to 7,343 feet (2,238 m) elevation at Helen Hunt Falls, which is higher than Denver. See our parks & recreation page for information on local parks, recreation and scenic nature areas including Helen Hunt Falls, a picturesque serene spot to linger and enjoy.
Pictured above is the Colorado Springs Broadmoor Five-Diamond Resort.
Colorado Springs Early Days
Ute, Arapahoe and Cheyenne peoples were first to inhabit the area which would become Colorado Springs. The current City was included as part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Later it was designated part of the 1854 Kansas Territory.
It became part of Jefferson Territory on October 24, 1859, after the first local settlement was established.
Colorado City was “formally organized” on August 13, 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. It served as the Colorado Territory capital from November 5, 1861, until August 14, 1862. When the capital was moved to Denver. Yay! (Source Wikipedia)
Before it was founded, the site of modern-day Colorado Springs was part of the American frontier. Old Colorado City was founded by General William Jackson Palmer as a resort town. Eventually Old Colorado City was annexed into Colorado Springs.
As was typical for frontier towns, railroads brought tourists and visitors to the area and helped fuel their growth. The tourists and visitors came from other parts of the U.S. and abroad. Our budding city was becoming well known.
Colorado Springs Today
The city covers 194.9 square miles (505 km²). That makes it the largest municipality in Colorado. COS was selected as the No. 1 Best Big City in “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine in 2006. It placed number one in Outside’s 2009 list of America’s Best Cities. And there are other awards.
In 2016 the population was 465,084 which breaks down to 99% urban, 1% rural. No surprise there. The population change since 2000 was about 22%. That’s smooth steady growth. Colorado Springs has 21 zip codes. And counting? You’ll have to ask the US Postal Service about that.
Colorado Springs Weather Averages
- Average July high temperature: 85°F
- Average January low temperature: 18°F
- Average annual rainfall: 16.56 inches
- Average annual snowfall: 39 inches
Source: U.S. Climate Data website
Paloma Terrace residents are comfortable throughout the year with these temperature swings. With an average July high temperature of 85°F, air conditioning is not necessary, but most residents have it anyway. Everyone has warm, steady baseboard heat for winter. And everyone has energy efficient windows, as discussed below.
No respectable listing of how Colorado Springs is special can omit Pikes Peak, also known as America’s mountain. We’re a little more than an hour away.
This big mountain, part of the Front Range in the Southern Rocky Mountains, has a lot of outdoor fun to offer in warmer months and winter. It tops out at 14,114 feet (4,302 m) elevation.
The Future Looks Bright
The future springs from the present. And the future for The Springs looks bright. The U.S. Air Force Academy is doing well on its 10 square miles (26 km²) of land. Their special skill sets will always be in high demand. The Air Force Academy is a military organization. And a university for about 4,400 cadets.
Our one bedroom apartments are near the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) which has a rich history as a site and campus. Established in 1965. Now occupying 550 beautiful Colorado acres. UCCS continues to expand their accredited degrees. Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. The 2017 fall enrollment was 12,422.
Fort Carson, an Army base, is the largest employer. It maintains more than 15,000 people on its payroll. Fort Peterson Air Force Base, and the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) are also major employers.
Colorado Springs is also a center for space research. Hewlett-Packard and 17 other major electronics companies, combined, employ nearly 10,000 people.
All this and a low incidence of natural disasters. What more can I say? It’s a special place to live. Come join us.