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Colorado Springs Overview
Colorado Springs is a metropolitan city located on the shores of Fountain Creek and at the base of Pikes Peak, on the eastern edge of the southern Rocky Mountains. Despite its natural surroundings, Colorado Springs is the most populous city in El Paso County.
Native American tribes such as the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho were Colorado Springs' earliest inhabitants. Its land was part of 1803's Louisiana Purchase, but it wasn't utilized until 1859 when it served as a camp for miners during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. It wasn't until Civil War hero General William Jackson Palmer visited the area in 1869 that Colorado Springs began to grow significantly. He fell in love with its scenery, and made Colorado Springs a stop on his Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. A couple of years later, he also created the spa resort town Palmer at the base of Pikes Peak.
The cost of living is just 0.7 percent above the national average, but locals insist it's worth paying more to live in this picturesque part of the country. The median household income is $56,419, and the median home price is $215,700. In 2006, Money magazine named Colorado Springs the best big city in its annual "Best Places to Live" guide. The city was further honored in 2009, when it was named best American city by Outside magazine.
Colorado Springs Job Opportunities
When the U.S. Army opened Fort Carson in 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, it marked the beginning of Colorado Springs' strong military history. This army installation continues to be the number-one employer in the area, providing Colorado Springs, CO jobs for more than one in 10 people in the county. Additional military jobs in Colorado Springs, CO, are available at the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, the U.S. Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Colorado Springs' location at the base of Pikes Peak helps attract almost 5 million visitors every year. The tourism sector creates more than 13,000 hospitality, tour and food services jobs in Colorado Springs. Also look in the nearby city of Fort Carson for additional job options if you can't find Colorado Springs jobs.
Colorado Springs Employment Trends
With unemployment at 7.2 percent, Colorado Springs has a higher jobless rate than the national average of 6.3 percent. However, the city has experienced solid job growth of 2 percent in the last year. The outlook is positive, with jobs in Colorado Springs expected to grow by 2.8 percent annually over the next few years. The service sectors are experiencing the greatest growth and help Colorado Springs become recognized as the 29th best place in the country for business and careers by Forbes.com. Search Colorado Springs jobs today to find the perfect career.