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Colorado Springs

The City of Colorado Springs is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and most populous city of El Paso County, Colorado, United States.[4] At 372,437, it is the second most populous city in the State of Colorado and the 47th most populous city in the United States.[5] This count differs significantly with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs' 2007 estimate of 402,417.[6] In 2007 the Colorado Springs MSA had 609,096.[7]

Colorado Springs is located just east of the geographic center of the state and 61 miles (98 km) south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. At 6,035 feet (1839 meters) Colorado Springs sits over one mile above sea level, though some areas of the city are significantly higher. The city 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 was selected as the No. 1 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine in 2006.[8]

The United States Census Bureau estimates that in 2007 the population of the City of Colorado Springs was 402,407 (48th most populous U.S. city),[5] the population of the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area was 609,096 (84th most populous MSA),[9] and the population of the Front Range Urban Corridor was 4,166,855.[9]

Today, Colorado Springs has many features of a modern urban area, such as parks, bike trails, urban open-area spaces, business and commerce, theatres and other entertainment. It was first established as a posh resort community, though the older mining supply center of Colorado City (now Old Colorado City) was merged later, and the tourist industry has remained strong and offers many activities and attractions. In July 2006, Money magazine ranked Colorado Springs the best place to live in the big city category, which includes cities with 300,000 or more people.[10]


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