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Colorado Springs is a city in El Paso County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for nearby mineral springs

The latitude of Colorado Springs is 38.833N. The longitude is -104.82W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 6,010 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 370,448.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Colorado Springs demographic reports
Colorado Springs is east of the Rocky Mountains, at the foot of Pike's Peak.
Former and merged names include:
· El Paso
· Fountain Colony
Colorado Springs was founded as a health resort and grew with construction of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.

The local economy boomed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with the discovery of gold at Cripple Creek.

Inventor Nikola Tesla, a pioneer in radio and electricity, built a famous "Tesla Coil" here in 1899-1900. The 12-million-volt machine was a partly successful effort to transmit electric power without wires
Public transportation: Colorado Springs Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,730. The number of murders and homicides was 16. The violent crime rate was 4.6 per 1,000 people.
No. 8 on the "Best Cities for Women" list (big cities), Ladies' Home Journal, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1984 movie, "The Hotel New Hampshire"
Well-known residents have included:
· Lon Chaney, actor, "the man of a thousand faces"
· Helen Hunt Jackson, author
· Tara Nott, Olympic medallist
· Goose Gossage, baseball player
· Sherry Stringfield, actress
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, It's a Grind, Starbucks, Gloria Jean's
Local festivals include:
  • Bighorn Sheep Festival - Feb. 17, 2007
  • Territory Days - May 25-28, 2007
  • Springspree - June 16, 2007
  • Hummingbird Festival - May 12-19, 2007
  • Colorado Balloon Classic - Sept. 1-3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Colorado Springs web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Colorado Springs Philharmonic
Nearby parks & recreation: Garden of the Gods, Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak, Seven Falls
Colorado Springs attractions: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Olympic Visitor Center
Sports teams: Sky Sox (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy, American Numismatic Money Museum, May Natural History Museum, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Colleges and universities: University of Colorado, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Technical University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 78

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Colorado Springs demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the El Paso County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Colorado Springs area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 80905 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

19% of Colorado Springs residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Colorado Springs ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Colorado Springs was $22,496, compared with $21,587 nationally.


34% of Colorado Springs residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Colorado Springs include Boulder Crescent Place Historic District, North End Historic District, North Weber Street-Wahsatch Avenue Historic Residential District, Old Colorado City Historic Commercial District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Colorado Springs, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $594.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,121.


Libraries in Colorado Springs include PPLD-Briargate Branch, PPLD-Cheyenne Mountain Branch, PPLD-East Library, PPLD-Old Colorado City Branch, PPLD-Penrose Library, PPLD-Rockrimmon Branch, PPLD-Ruth Holley Branch, PPLD-Sand Creek Branch ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Colorado Springs include Colorado Springs Gazette

TV stations in Colorado Springs include KKTV, KRDO, KXRM.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KRCC.

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El Paso County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Colorado Springs political report.

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Colorado Springs restaurants taking online reservations include MacKenzie's Chop House, Walter's Bistro ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Colorado Springs workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 62 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Colorado Springs between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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