Similar to Northern Colorado, Southern Colorado is gaining popularity with people who want the Colorado lifestyle and a picturesque setting of the Southern Rocky Mountains and the famous Pikes Peak that over looks Colorado Springs with a peak of 14,115.

Southern Colorado is located in El Paso County and is the second to Denver County for most populous county in Colorado.  Larger cities in Southern Colorado include Colorado Springs, Fountain, Manitou Springs and Monument.  Smaller but notable cities include Woodland Park and Palmer Lake.


Colorado Springs is the largest city in Southern Colorado and it’s economy is rooted in technology, tourism and aerospace & defense.   In fact, Colorado Springs is home to Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, NORAD and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Drawn to the area by a highly educated pool of talent and relatively low operating costs, Progressive Insurance and Lockheed Martin are a few companies that are located in Colorado Springs.  Other industries include healthcare, real estate, education food services, professional services and technology.  Check out the Top Public Employers in Southern Colorado here.

Median Household Income:  $67,819

Unemployment:  3.7%

Quality of Life

Nestled against the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado offer residence quick access to skiing, hiking, hot springs, camping and other ways to enjoy the outdoors.  With an elevation of 6250, Colorado Springs is 1030 feet higher than Denver, which sits at 5280.  This is important to keep in mind, moving to Southern Colorado requires a period of getting use to the altitude.

With the help of a mountains, providing downslope winds, summers in Colorado Springs are typically cooler than summers in Denver.  Southern Colorado has a similar climate to Denver, with four glorious seasons the average temperature is 62 degrees.   On average, Southern Colorado receives less snow during the winter months, with an average of an annual snow fall of 57 inches.  Denver on the other hand receives an average of 60.  Just in case you are wondering, that national average for snow fall in the United States is 28.


There are several options for quality healthcare in Southern Colorado.  Most are located in Colorado Springs.

St. Francis Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of Colorado – Colorado Springs
UCHealth Memorial Hospital North
Penrose Hospital
UCHealth Grandview Hospital
Memorial Hospital Central


Education in Southern Colorado starts at the pre-K level and goes through higher education.  Families have the choice of choosing a private or public school education.  Below is a list of School Districts in Southern Colorado/Colorado Springs.

Public Schools

 Public School District City Total Schools # of Students
Cheyenne Moutain School District No. 12 Colorado Springs 11 5274
Academy School District No. 20 Colorado Springs 38 26178
Fountain-Fort Carson School District Fountain 13 8298
Manitou Springs School District Manitou Springs 4 1494
Colorado Springs School District No. 11 Colorado Springs 56 26395
Harrison School District No. 2 Colorado Springs 27 11735
Widefield School District 3 Colorado Springs 16 9592
Falcon School District No. 49 Peyton 27 22397
Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind Colorado Springs 1 212
Ellicott Schoot District No. 22 Ellicot 3 1116
Colorado Digital BOCES Colorado Springs 4 2475
Lewis Palmer School District Monument 10 6895

Private Schools

The Colorado Springs School Colorado Springs PreK – 12th
St. Mary’s High School Colorado Springs 9th – 12th
Colorado Springs Christian Colorado Springs K – 12th
Pikes Peak Christian School Colorado Springs PreK – 12th
The University School Colorado Springs PreK – 12th
Evangelical Christian Academy Colorado Springs 1st – 12th
Pikes Peak Academy Colorado Springs 9th – 12th
Corpus Christi School Colorado Springs PreK – 8th
Divine Redeemer Catholic School Colorado Springs PreK – 8th
Hope Montessori Academy Colorado Springs PreK – K
Pauline Memorial Catholic School Colorado Springs PreK – 8th
Giving Tree Montessori School Colorado Springs PreK – K
Griffith Centers for Children Colorado Springs 3rd – 12th