MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, is six thousand feet above sea level and situated at the feet of Pikes Peak, one of the most iconic mountains in the country. Colorado Springs is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise. There are numerous parks and recreational areas where visitors can hike, mountain bike, climb, and more. The city has grown significantly in the last 30 years, increasing in population by 69 percent.
‘Olympic City, USA’
Home to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs is known as Olympic City, USA. U.S. News & World Report ranked the city No. 2 for “Best Places to Live” in 2022 and the No. 1 most desirable place to live in the U.S.
The U.S. military, aerospace and defense, technology, and tourism are all major contributors to the local economy. Colorado Springs was ranked No. 9 on the Milken Institute’s list of “best performing” large U.S. cities, considering factors such as broadband access and a skilled workforce. WalletHub ranked the city ninth-best to start a business.
Local Medical Facilities
Colorado Springs is home to several reputable medical facilities, including U.C. Health Memorial Hospital. The facility is the number one hospital in Colorado Springs and is rated “high performing” in 11 procedures/conditions, according to U.S. News & World Report. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services-Colorado Springs, UCHealth Grandview Hospital, and UCHealth Pikes Peak Regional Hospital ranked high in at least one procedure/condition.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 8.3 percent above the national rate
- Population: 483,956 based on the 2020 Census
- Median Home Price: $324,100
- Median Gross Rent: $1,300
- Median Household Income: $71,957
- Per Capita Income: $37,979
- Live below the poverty line: 10.9 percent
- Median Age: 34.7 years
- Average commute time: 23.2 minutes
Colorado Springs is home to 17 public school districts. Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 ranks No. 1 in Colorado Springs and No. 2 for the state of Colorado. Several public and private universities and colleges are located in or around the city: the United States Air Force Academy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Pikes Peak State College, Colorado Technical University, and more.
The Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) provides bus service within the Colorado Springs City limits and into Manitou Springs, Chapel Hills Mall, and the Widefield area. The ZEB free downtown shuttle runs along Tejon Street with pickups every 7−10 minutes, depending on the day and time.
Garden of the Gods Hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, bike, Segway, and vehicle tours are just some of the activities available at Garden of the Gods. Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971, Garden of the
Gods is known for its red rock formations and exceptional views.
Shopping From University Village, which offers popular favorites such as Kohl’s, Petco, and Trader Joe’s, to the upscale Promenade Shops at Briargate, there are plenty of shopping opportunities for all occasions. Shoppers can also visit Chapel Hills Mall, The Citadel, and First & Main Town Center.
Glen Eyrie Castle Built in 1871, the castle has 17 guest rooms, 24 fireplaces, and two dining halls. Take a tour of the castle and grounds or enjoy tea in the historic Castle Music Room and Library.
Estes Park Another favorite of outdoor enthusiasts is Estes Park, a popular summer resort and Rocky Mountain National Park headquarters. Hiking, whitewater rafting, skiing and snowshoeing, horseback riding, off-roading, biking, climbing, golfing, and fishing are all popular activities depending on the time of year.
United States Airforce Academy Embark on a self-guided tour of the 18,500-acre campus and take in the breathtaking mountain panoramas, visit the planetarium, cheer on the team in a sporting event, and more at the United States Airforce Academy.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Located in Colorado College, the fine arts center hosts major international traveling and changing exhibitions featuring works from the FAC’s permanent collection. The center also features a theater and art school.
Pikes Peak Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Located in Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak is just a short 30-minute drive from downtown Colorado Springs.
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