Colorado Springs is located in South-Central Colorado, in the southern portion of the state. The city stands over one mile above sea level, though some areas of the city are significantly higher. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, at the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 41st most populous city in the United States.
Colorado Springs is home to both Army and Air Force bases. All these military installations border the city, to the north, south and east, excluding Schriever Air Force Base, which is located east of the city in El Paso County.
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As a bonus, U.S. News and World Report ranked Colorado Springs 5th on their 2016 “Best Places to Live” list. Quality of life, job prospects and affordability were key in their ranking of 100 metropolitan cities. In addition to the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Carson is home to several major Army units including: 4th Infantry Division, 10th Special Forces Group, 440th Civil Affairs Battalion, 4th Engineering Battalion, 10th Combat Support Hospital, 743rd MI Battalion, and the 759th Military Police Battalion.
The history of Colorado Springs is rooted in the Gold Rush of the mid-1800’s. Here at the eastern foot of the Rockies you’ll still find evidence of wealthy mine owners in the grand victorian homes near Cheyenne Mountain, as well as the eclectic and frontiersman’s spirit of the miners down in the foothills and surrounding plains. With more than 300 days of glorious sunshine a year, the dry climate and mellow seasons promote an extremely active lifestyle. Locals and tourists alike enjoy year-round outdoor recreation.