Colorado Springs, Colorado Population 2021

489,529
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Colorado Springs is a city located in El Paso County Colorado. It is also the county seat of El Paso County. With a 2020 population of 489,529, it is the 2nd largest city in Colorado (after ) and the 39th largest city in the United States . Colorado Springs is currently growing at a rate of 1.17% annually and its population has increased by 17.55% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 416,427 in 2010. Colorado Springs reached it's highest population of 489,529 in 2021. Spanning over 195 miles, Colorado Springs has a population density of 2,510 people per square mile.

The average household income in Colorado Springs is $84,708 with a poverty rate of 11.65%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,131 per month, and the median house value is $269,800. The median age in Colorado Springs is 34.7 years, 33.2 years for males, and 36.4 years for females.

Colorado Springs is the most populous city in El Paso County, Colorado and sits at the base of Pikes Peak, one of the most famous mountains in the Americas.

Population Density in Colorado Springs

While Colorado Springs is a large city with much land, it still faces the same problems of any city with fast growth: congested roads, crime, and budget issues. Despite its problems, 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 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 number 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. There may be some association between the local city-wide ban of recreational cannabis retail stores - while there are over 100 medical cannabis dispensaries in the city.

The most substantial 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 recover 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 settle in Colorado Springs to stay.

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 1890s 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 had come from the gold that was mined out of the area.

A Fort Carson Army installation was constructed in the city in the 1940s, 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 1960s and 70's when most large cities in the US were losing people to the suburbs. The crime rates are unusually high in Colorado Springs especially in regards to robbery and assaults.

Colorado Springs Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Colorado Springs was:

  • White: 78.47%
  • Black or African American: 6.51%
  • Two or more races: 5.93%
  • Other race: 5.08%
  • Asian: 2.90%
  • Native American: 0.83%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.28%
The current population of Colorado Springs, Colorado is 489,529 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 472,567.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 416,427.

Colorado Springs, Colorado Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021762,9698,5891.13%
2020754,3808,5891.14%
2019745,7918,5891.15%
2018737,20212,4291.69%
2017724,77312,4381.72%
2016712,33514,9462.10%
2015697,38910,8271.55%
2014686,5627,9971.16%
2013678,5659,1171.34%
2012669,4488,7741.31%
2011660,67410,1741.54%
2010650,5000.00%

Colorado Springs Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White364,76878.47%
Black or African American30,2866.51%
Two or More Races27,5645.93%
Some Other Race23,6045.08%
Asian13,4832.90%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,8550.83%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,3110.28%
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Colorado Springs Population by Race

Colorado Springs Population Pyramid $2021

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Colorado Springs Median Age

34.7


Total

33.2


Male

36.4


Female

Colorado Springs Adults

There are 357,090 adults, (62,290 of whom are seniors) in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Age Dependency

57.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Colorado Springs Sex Ratio

Female

232,431

50.00%

Male

232,440

50.00%

Colorado Springs Population by Age

Colorado Springs Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Colorado Springs Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.3%24.7%
All59%41%
Male44.9%55.1%
Female44.7%55.3%
Non Family44%56%

59.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Colorado Springs Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All181,4782.5259
Married86,7133.1975.3
Non Family66,5541.3244
Female19,5013.2844.7
Male8,7103.3244.9

3.1

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

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Colorado Springs Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,6092.15%
9th to 12th Grade12,0703.92%
High School Graduate61,40819.97%
Some College72,08923.44%
Associates Degree32,69110.63%
Bachelors Degree74,84624.34%
Graduate Degree47,80415.55%
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Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White226,016218,742100,676
Hispanic43,70535,2169,134
Black18,98217,8734,875
Other Race13,38510,1691,721
2+ Races10,91510,1233,360
Asian9,5588,2444,628
Native American2,6352,274626
Islander893804215

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.78%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 48.42%.

Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,375$48,226$32,668
Less Than 9th Grade$24,573$27,440$17,112
High School Graduate$30,065$33,737$24,332
Some College$35,479$41,438$29,737
Bachelors Degree$49,898$63,591$40,150
Graduate Degree$68,768$92,087$52,067

$40,375

Average Earnings

$48,226

Average Male

$32,668

Average Female

Colorado Springs Earnings by Educational Attainment

Colorado Springs Language by Age

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Colorado Springs Language

87.18% of Colorado Springs residents speak only English, while 12.82% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.31% of the population.

Colorado Springs Language

Colorado Springs Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White313,85627,9728.91%
Hispanic80,44215,61219.41%
Black29,6365,50518.58%
Multiple26,8444,92718.35%
Other23,4464,44918.98%
Asian13,2291,2909.75%
Native3,68070919.27%
Islander1,30434226.23%

11.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.68%

Male Poverty Rate

12.63%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Colorado Springs

The race most likely to be in poverty in Colorado Springs is Islander, with 26.23% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Colorado Springs is White, with 8.91% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.46%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.02%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.15%.

Colorado Springs Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade23.36%
High School14.20%
Some College10.05%
Bachelors or Greater4.28%

Colorado Springs Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed35.44%
Male Unemployed27.23%
Female Employed7.43%
Male Employed5.50%

Colorado Springs Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Colorado Springs Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$64,712$84,708
Families$79,266$100,469
Married Families$92,823$115,146
Non Families$40,422$53,142
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Income by Household Type

Colorado Springs Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.4%

Male Marriage Rate

48.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Colorado Springs Married by Age and Sex

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Colorado Springs Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Colorado Springs Marital Status by Race

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Colorado Springs Marital Status

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51,899

Number of Veterans

44,444

Male Veterans

7,455

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War19,577
First Gulf War19,065
Vietnam14,682
Korea2,749
World War II773

Colorado Springs Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 5416,748
55 to 6410,421
65 to 749,759
18 to 348,044
75+6,927

Colorado Springs Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White42,99615.37%
Hispanic4,9829.47%
Black4,78921.75%
2+ Races1,3759.88%
Other Race1,2337.56%
Asian9839.02%
Native American41914.35%
Islander1049.37%

Colorado Springs Veterans by Race

Colorado Springs Veterans by Education

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6.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Colorado Springs Veterans by Education

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67.4%

Labor Force Participation

61%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Colorado Springs Employment by Age

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Colorado Springs Employment by Race

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Colorado Springs Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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32.92%

Born in Colorado Springs

92.46%

Native Born

7.54%

Foreign Born

3.63%

Non Citizen

3.90%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.46% of Colorado Springs residents were born in the United States, with 32.92% having been born in Colorado. 3.63% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Colorado Springs Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021489,5295,6541.17%
2020483,8755,6541.18%
2019478,2215,6541.20%
2018472,5677,4001.59%
2017465,1676,4531.41%
2016458,7149,1422.03%
2015449,5727,2111.63%
2014442,3614,2150.96%
2013438,1465,3641.24%
2012432,7825,3481.25%
2011427,4346,7491.60%
2010420,68559,7951.54%
2000360,89079,7502.53%
1990281,14066,0352.71%
1980215,10579,5884.73%
1970135,51765,3236.80%
196070,19424,7224.44%
195045,4728,6832.14%
194036,7893,5521.02%
193033,2373,1320.99%
192030,1051,0270.35%
191029,0787,9933.27%
190021,0859,9456.59%
189011,1406,91410.18%
18804,2260.00%

Colorado Springs Population by Year