12 Days of COS #12: Colorado Springs Tops a Number of "Best Of" Lists in 2018

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“The fact is, as a result of unprecedented levels of public and private investment, 
Colorado Springs has taken its place among the great cities of America.”
-Mayor John Suthers, 2018 State of the City-

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs remained in the nation’s spotlight as a best-in-class city in 2018, earning the number one spot by U.S. News and Report as the #1 Most Desirable Place to Live in the U.S. in April, and garnering assorted awards through the year. 

Long-regarded as a top destination by tourists seeking panoramic views from atop Pikes Peak, and by athletes searching for optimum resistance in a high altitude, Colorado Springs was recognized for its housing market to its vacation offerings. Below is a sampling of some of the newsworthy ranking that Colorado Springs garnered in 2018.

Honorable Rankings for Colorado Springs within the Top 5

#1 Real estate listing as the “top housing market to watch in 2019”


“Of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, Trulia identified 10 that we think are poised for takeoff due to job growth, vacancy rates and good starter home affordability.”

#1 Best Place to Live for Vets in 2019

Military Times

“Locations were selected by veteran and military culture and services, economic indicators — some veteran-specific and some not — and livability factors such as crime, health, school quality and traffic.”

#2 Best Place to Live in the USA

U.S. News & World Report - Real Estate

“This data was categorized into the five indexes: Job Market Index, Value Index, Quality of Life Index, Desirability Index, and Net Migration”.                       

#2  Top 10 Hottest Zip Codes

USA Today

“Once a year, we zoom in even further, to focus on the neighborhoods where homes are flying off the market and listing views get constant clicks. That's how we arrive at our list of the hottest ZIP codes in America.”

#2 Best Places to Retire (in the West)


“This year's roundup spotlights 25 cities in 18 different states across the country. They were selected based on an assortment of retirement-friendly features—from walkability to affordability.”

#3 Cheap Winter Family Vacations

We3 Travel

“Based on research on destinations that could host a family of four (2 adults and 2 children under 12) for at least five days between December and February for under $3,000. This would include lodging and activities.”

#4 Colorado Springs ranked nation’s 4th most “Business-Friendly” city


“New business startups and relocations, along with low unemployment and a tax reduction for small businesses earned COS the nation’s 4th most “Businesses-Friendly city by Thumbtack in 2018.”

#5 Colorado Springs ranked "5th Best American City to Work in" Tech


“Reviewed data for 190 cities and compare them across metrics like average salary, the average cost of living, tech employment concentration, unemployment rate and the ratio of average pay-to-tech pay.” 

#5 in Top 10 Most Affordable College Towns in Colorado

Great College Deals

“Reviewed data costs for housing, food, healthcare, transportation, and utilities, and compared them to the national average. We also considered features like amenities, crime rates, public transportation, and overall quality of life before narrowing our list down to the 10 most affordable college towns in Colorado.”

For more detailed information on the methodology that was used for these rankings please visit the website for each listed publication.