The City of Colorado Springs is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The city is located in the east central portion of the state.
Colorado Springs was selected as the No. 1 Best Big City in “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine in 2006, and placed number one in Outside’s 2009 list of America’s Best Cities. The city has many features of a modern urban area, such as parks, bike trails, and urban open-area spaces. One of the most popular areas in Colorado Springs is Garden of the Gods. It is a National Natural Landmark with 300 foot sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of Pikes Peak. Colorado Springs’ economy is driven primarily by the military, the high-tech industry, and tourism. Colorado Springs is home to both Army and Air Force bases.
The city’s location at the base of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains makes it a popular tourism destination. Colorado Springs has more than 55 attractions and activities in the area, including Garden of the Gods, United States Air Force Academy, the ANA Money Museum, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Old Colorado City and the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The city’s public schools are divided into several districts.
A 2011 study by Walk Score ranked Colorado Springs 34th most walkable of fifty largest U.S. cities.