Published on March 18, 2022

Colorado Springs ranks 9th

Colorado Springs is among the top 10 most desirable cities where college students want to live post-graduation, according to a survey of 1,209 college students conducted by Axios and The Generation Lab. The smallest city to crack the top 10, Colorado Springs made the list of most desired locations according to the study conducted between November 2021 and February 2022.   

“Colorado Springs’ ranking as a top destination for new college graduates is a testament to our incredible quality of life, our growing cultural scene, and most importantly, the attractive economic opportunities that exist in our strong and diversified job market,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “We have strived hard to make Colorado Springs a place where our children and grandchildren can stay and build successful careers and this is a strong sign that we have reached that goal.”

The survey also asked the respondents about their desired industry, with 29% selecting health care, followed by education and research (15%) and tech (12%).

“Building a city where college grads want to launch their careers is a goal of all thriving cities,” said Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer, president and CEO, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. “They bring fresh ideas and new skills to the workplace. Plus, they’re trendsetters. Their perception of a city often influences the way other generations view that city. It is especially encouraging to see Colorado Springs listed among some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York City, LA, and Atlanta. We’re hitting above our weight in community competitiveness.”

Axios Exclusive poll: Where college students want to move



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