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Best Cities 2010: Colorado Springs, CO

City: Colorado Springs

State: Colorado

Best Cities Overall Rank: 19

About Colorado Springs: Colorado  Springs is home to more than 50 attractions such as Pikes Peak , U.S. Olympic Training Center, Garden of the Gods Park, The Cog Railway, Royal Gorge Bridge, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Seven Falls, Flying W Ranch and the U.S. Air Force Academy. You can even descend 1,000 feet into a gold mine!

Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful" atop Pikes Peak overlooking Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs has 6 Blue Ribbon Schools as well as 13 NAEYC-Accredited preschools.

County: El Paso

Population: 380,307

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs blogs:

Gazette Blogs

Experience Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs's Facebook page: Follow Colorado Springs on Facebook

Colorado Springs's Twitter page: Follow Colorado Springs on Twitter

 

Education rank: 22

High School graduation rate 2008: 67.4%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 6

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.57

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 13

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 3.42

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.8

Total Expenditures Per Student: $11,901

 

Health rank: 33

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.26

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0

 

Safety rank: 50

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,999

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 525.63

Sex Offenders: 954

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 250.85

 

Economy rank: 35

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 20.69      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.9      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 987.76

Median Home Sale Price: $192,400                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 0.45%                        

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 24.54%      

 

Recreation Rank:  22

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 8,607         

Parkland per 100,000: 2,263.17

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