by Joe Clement
on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 3:12pm.
U.S. News analyzed 125 of the most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. to help readers find the best places to live. Colorado Springs is ranked as the second Best Place to live in the US. There were many factors considered when ranking cities such as overall value, a strong job market, quality of life, desirability and net migration (whether or not people are moving to/from the city). For more information on how these indexes visit US News Methodology.
According to Peter Fecteau, Colorado Springs local expert, "Colorado Springs attracts students, professionals and military personnel to the area with a cache of military bases and nationally ranked colleges. Plus, construction in Colorado Springs is booming, with new residences popping up alongside quality schools, parks and cultural attractions."
Also mentioned is Colorado Springs many natural wonders. We could not agree more with Peter. There are so many incredible outdoor opportunities in and around Colorado Springs. Check out this post to see our top 10 favorite wild spaces in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is surrounded by nature. With the Rocky Mountain Front Range to the west and the expansive eastern plains to the east, there are outdoor recreational things to do virtually everywhere. From incredible hikes with views for days to geological wonders that will be sure to spark anyone's interest living in Colorado Springs is a nature lovers dream. A few of our favorite neighborhoods that are in close vicinity to great outdoor adventures include the Broadmoor area, Black Forest, Briargate and Fountain Valley. Additionally, mentioned by Peter are the many cultural attractions to Colorado Springs. One of our favorite cultural attractions is the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. From theatre, shopping, a museum to art classes the Fine Arts Center has something for everyone. This incredible space has a vibrant mix of shows, musicals, classes and even blockbuster exhibitions. One of our favorite activities is taking the kids to the Art School which overs painting, pottery and even jewelry making. This is just one of the many Colorado Springs cultural attractions.
Furthermore, Colorado Springs has a growing craft brewery scene. From brewers that are nationally recognized, like Bristol Brewing Company and Phantom Canyon Brewing Company to local up-and-coming brewers like Storybrook Brewing, and Red Leg Brewing. It is a very exciting time for craft brewers in Colorado Springs as there are many exciting events that showcase their amazing work. One awesome event that we love is the Annual Steers and Beers. This event includes hundreds of whiskeys and beers from around the world, a bull riding experience, and is set in beautiful downtown Colorado Springs. Tickets start at $10 and includes live music, tastings and all the proceeds benefit the Proteus Syndrome Foundation.
Other amazing things to do in Colorado Springs include the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. This annual race is an incredible, one-of-a-kind race to the clouds. With pro racers from around the world and nationally televised this race is sure to amaze. The race is both automobile and motorcycle and takes place every last Sunday of June. The PPIHC's categories range from time attack, open-wheel racers, and unrestricted Unlimited vehicles. These daredevils of the racing community include power sport vehicles in this historic event that has been held every year since 1916 when it was founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Spencer Penrose. The race has always attracted the best racers from around the world and brings in thousands of fans that watch the event every year. The race includes 12.42 miles with 156 corners and a finish line at 14,115 feet. The race used to be held on dirt until the road was recently paved to the top of Pikes Peak.