Moving to CO Springs?  Here's What You Should Know

View of Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak

Moving to CO Springs?  Here's What You Should Know

Understandably, moving to another city can be a very stressful and complicated decision, particularly if you're moving because of your - or your spouse's - job.  Research and local knowledge are key in making this transition easier on you and your family.  That's why we've made this easy guide on the key aspects to take into consideration before moving to Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Basics

At an elevation of more than 6,000 ft (16.6% oxygen compared to sea level 20.9%), the city had a total population of 464,474 in 2017.  At the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs city lies near Pikes Peak, a state landmark full of hiking trails that represents the best of Colorado: the outdoors.  While it's not always sunny in the state, Colorado Springs has fairly temperate weather year-round.  

Winters in the state are tolerable but sometimes chilly, as they tend to reach low temperatures of 354 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months of December to March.  The good news is the state is mountainous and the snow gives way for a wide array of winter sports opportunities: skiing and snowboarding are unparalleled in the state.  During the summer months- June through August - the weather typically brings warm days and cool nights.  Residents take advantage of this weather to head into the mountains for hiking and biking.

The temperate weather also makes for easy home maintenance during the fall and spring.  After a winter of snow and cold, it's necessary to wash your exterior windows and occasionally, spray down the whole house.  During the fall, many residents take the time to clear out their gutters and remove excess junk, like leaves that have fallen, tree/shrub pruning remnants, and other debris from maintaining a yard before winter comes.

Real Estate Market

Although the cost of living in Colorado Springs is above the national average, the city tends to be more affordable than other parts of the state.  The median home price in Colorado Springs is just a little over $300,000 and home appreciation went up 9.6 % in the last year.  Colorado's property tax rates are some of the nation's lowest, at just 0.63%

Commuting

Mountain Metro Bus Service Colorado Springs

The average commute within Colorado Springs is around 22 minutes, just below the national average.  The most common form of transportation is driving a car, but there's also public transportation:  the Mountain Metropolitan Transfer, also know as the "metro".

Many people who live in the city also work in Denver, benefiting from its close proximity.  However, commuting to Denver can be a big time commitment, as the main freeway is usually full of traffic during rush hour.  That said, there are plenty of job opportunities in Colorado Springs.  One of the largest employers in the area is the U.S. military.

Military Life

Air Force Academy Graduation Hats in AirFort Carson Colorado Main Entry Gate

Colorado Springs has a strong military presence as it has five military installation is the area:  Fort Carson, the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and Cheyenne Mountain Space force Station.  This means there's a large military community that can offer a warm welcome to the city.

Additionally, thee is plenty of support for military families and if you're a service member many restaurants, coffee shops and movie theaters around the area offer great discounts for you and your family.  Some of the installations also help make military families' move easier by offering trips and other adventures throughout the city.

Places to Visit

Snowboard Skiiing

Colorado is the best destination for outdoor sports in the country.  During the winter, residents are out skiing and snowboarding and during the summer, it's hiking and mountain biking.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to get some fresh air and visit Pikes Peak, one of the top places for hiking in the state.  If you want to check out spectacular rock formations, visit Garden of the Gods, a place with 1,300 acres of beautiful sandstone formations.  Colorado Springs is also known for having a great selection of music festivals and other celebrations: there's an event call Territory Days, a festival that always happens during Memorial Day Weekend.  Residents can also enjoy a Renaissance Festival and many Farmer's Markets during the summer days.

Without a doubt, moving to another city can be a tough experience.  Colorado Springs is a friendly and welcoming place for strangers.  Be well informed by talking to a local real estate expert and you'll be ready for a move to "the springs.!

 

Abigail GolderAbigail Golder Community Correspondent and professional writer for Colorado Springs at "THANKAVET.com"  Abby is a recent college graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a strong passion for travel and outdoors adventures.  Abby is a Freelance Content Writer who loves to share a great story.  As a Colorado native Abigail grew up in a small town called Montrose and she spends much of her free time in the mountains hiking and skiing.