Colorado Springs Population 2017
Colorado Springs has an estimated population of 674,000, but the city proper is home to slightly less: 435,000. With over 194 square miles of land area, Colorado Springs has a population density of about 2,242 people per square mile.
While Colorado Springs is a large city with a lot of land, it still faces the same problems of any city with fast growth: overcrowded roads, crime, and budget issues. Despite its issues, it was chosen in 2006 by Money magazine as the number one Best Big City to live in, and earned the first place in Outside magazine's 2009 list of America's Best Cities.
Colorado Springs Demographics
At the 2010 Census, the racial breakdown of Colorado Springs was:
- White: 78.8%
- Black or African American: 6.3%
- Asian: 3.0%
- Native American: 1.0%
- Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.3%
- Other race: 5.5%
- Two or more races: 5.1%
- Hispanic or Latino of any race: 16.1% (Mexican American: 14.6%)
Colorado Springs History
The area of Pikes Peak was first inhabited by Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Ute Indians, who gathered each year at present-day Garden of the Gods park. General William Palmer, a Civil War General, first came to the area in 1870 and founded Denver, the Rio Grande Railroad and Colorado Springs a year later. He worked to lay out the plans for the city and donated land for schools and churches, envisioning the area as a resort destination, hence the town's first nickname: Little London.
The gold rush of the 1890's led to a settlement just west of Colorado Springs, and the town quickly became the "city of millionaires" by the beginning of the 19th century. By 1904, 35 of the country's 100 millionaires from gold mined in the area.
A Fort Carson Army installation was constructed in the city in the 1940's, and Colorado Springs still has a strong military presence to this day with the Peterson Air Force Base, the US Air Force Academy, US Space Command and more. Colorado Springs has posted positive population growth since its founding, with particularly strong growth during the 1960's and 70's when most large cities in the US were losing people to the suburbs.
Colorado Springs Population Growth
Colorado Springs has enjoyed steady growth since the earliest census in 1870, with the slowest growth occurring from 1910 to 1920 (just 3.5%). Since then, every census has reported double-digit growth in The Springs.
Still, the amount of people moving to the area from other parts of the country has slowed, and demographers believe it may be signs of a troubled economy. The strongest growth in recent years has come from births and from abroad, especially soldiers returning home. In 2010, a survey estimated 3,800 people moved to El Paso County in the last year, compared to just 777 two years later. According to some experts, the region has been one of the slowest to recovery from the recession, and job growth isn't as strong as other areas in Colorado.
The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is already moving quickly to reverse this trend and focusing on areas that work well with the community, particularly sporting, defense and aerospace industries. The city is also working harder to increase tourism to its region, believing that once people visit for the scenery and lifestyle, they'll want to stay.
If projections are correct, Colorado Springs will grow from 674,000 in 2014 to 743,000 by 2020.