Colorado Springs, Colorado Population 2022

491,467
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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 491,467, it is the 2nd largest city in Colorado and the 39th largest city in the United States. Colorado Springs is currently growing at a rate of 1.29% annually and its population has increased by 2.61% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 478,961 in 2020. Spanning over 195 miles, Colorado Springs has a population density of 2,520 people per square mile.

The average household income in Colorado Springs is $84,708 with a poverty rate of 11.29%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,196 per month, and the median house value is $294,500. 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 Springswas:

  • White: 77.26%
  • Two or more races: 7.94%
  • Black or African American: 6.28%
  • Other race: 4.58%
  • Asian: 2.81%
  • Native American: 0.87%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.26%
The current population of Colorado Springs, Colorado is 491,467 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 478,961.

Colorado Springs, Colorado Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Colorado Springs Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Colorado Springs Population by Race

Colorado Springs Population Pyramid 2022

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Colorado Springs Median Age

34.7


Total

33.3


Male

36.4


Female

Colorado Springs Adults

There are 363,473 adults, (64,285 of whom are seniors) in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

21.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Colorado Springs Sex Ratio

Female

235,620

49.95%

Male

236,066

50.05%

Colorado Springs Population by Age

Colorado Springs Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Colorado Springs Household Types

60.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Colorado Springs Households and Families

3.08

Average Family Size

2.51

Average Household Size

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Colorado Springs Households by Type

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Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.64%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 44.70%.

Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Race

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$41,411

Average Earnings

$48,906

Average Male

$34,794

Average Female

Colorado Springs Earnings by Educational Attainment

Colorado Springs Language by Age

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Colorado Springs Language

87.48% of Colorado Springs residents speak only English, while 12.52% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.12% of the population.

Colorado Springs Language

Colorado Springs Poverty by Race

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11.29%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.42%

Male Poverty Rate

12.15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Colorado Springs

The race most likely to be in poverty in Colorado Springs is Islander, with 23.64% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.70%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.15%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.34%.

Colorado Springs Poverty

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Colorado Springs Poverty Rate by Education

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Colorado Springs Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Colorado Springs Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Colorado Springs Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.8%

Male Marriage Rate

48.9%

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 45-54.

Colorado Springs Marital Status by Race

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Colorado Springs Marital Status

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54,584

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Colorado Springs Veterans by War

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Colorado Springs Veterans by Age

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Colorado Springs Veterans by Race

Colorado Springs Veterans by Education

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7.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.40%

Veteran Disability Rate

Colorado Springs Veterans by Education

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67.8%

Labor Force Participation

60.9%

Employment Rate

5.8%

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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32.50%

Born in Colorado Springs

92.53%

Native Born

7.47%

Foreign Born

3.52%

Non Citizen

3.95%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.53% of Colorado Springs residents were born in the United States, with 32.50% having been born in Colorado. 3.52% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Colorado Springs Population by Year