Colorado Springs

America’s Best Places Rank: 18th
Population: 397,913
Mayor: Steve Bach

Why it’s ranked: Denver’s southern sister on the range that fronts the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is dominated by the stunning 14,110-foot Pikes Peak. The area has a median income of $53,359, great scores on schools, and good air quality. In winter, superb skiing is right outside the front door.

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 35.7
Percent under poverty level: 11.3
Median household income: $53,359
Violent crime rate: 490
Property crime rate: 3,665.8
School score: 74.56
Pro sports teams: 0
Foreclosure rate: .0108
Percent Unemployment: 9.7
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 29.8
Bars: 98
Restaurants: 822
Museums: 50
Colleges: 16
Libraries: 13
Air Quality Index: 94
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