Colorado Springs, Colorado Population 2023

497,720

Colorado Springs is a city located in El Paso County Colorado. It is also the county seat of El Paso County. With a 2023 population of 497,720, 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 1.27% annually and its population has increased by 3.92% 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 2,552 people per square mile.

The average household income in Colorado Springs is $84,708 with a poverty rate of 13.72%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Colorado Springs is 34.7 years, 33.3 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: 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 497,720 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 2023

Population by Race

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Colorado Springs Population by Race

Colorado Springs Population Pyramid 2023

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

57.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Colorado Springs Sex Ratio

Female235,62049.95%
Male236,06650.05%

Colorado Springs Population by Age

Colorado Springs Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.08

Average Family Size

2.51

Average Household Size

60.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Colorado Springs Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 81.92%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 37.9%.

Colorado Springs Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$41,411

Average Earnings

$48,906

Average Male

$34,794

Average Female

Colorado Springs Earnings by Educational Attainment

Colorado Springs Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

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

rate

13.72%

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 27.68% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Colorado Springs is White, with 10.82% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.7%. 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

Colorado Springs Poverty Rate by Education

Colorado Springs Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Colorado Springs Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Colorado Springs Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

49.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.8%

Male Marriage Rate

48.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Colorado Springs Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Colorado Springs Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

54,584

Number of Veterans

45,891

Male Veterans

8,693

Female Veterans

Colorado Springs Veterans by War

Colorado Springs Veterans by Age

count

Colorado Springs Veterans by Race

Colorado Springs Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.4%

Veteran Disability Rate

Colorado Springs Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.8%

Labor Force Participation

60.9%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

Colorado Springs Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Colorado Springs Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Colorado Springs Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

32.01%

Born in Colorado Springs

91.13%

Native Born

7.36%

Foreign Born

3.47%

Non Citizen

3.89%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.13% of Colorado Springs residents were born in the United States, with 32.01% having been born in Colorado. 3.47% 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: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Colorado Springs Population by Year