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The City of Colorado Springs is the 2nd largest city in Colorado with a population of 487,357 as of July 1, 2021. Colorado Springs ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Colorado. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Colorado Springs is located at latitude 38.8339 and longitude -104.8214 in El Paso County. The formal boundaries for the City of Colorado Springs encompass a land area of 194.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0.37 sq. miles. El Paso County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,010 feet.

The City of Colorado Springs has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Colorado Springs is located within Colorado Springs Division of El Paso County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Colorado Springs: El Paso.

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Colorado Springs, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 487,357 (100%)
Population in Households 479,432 (98.4%)
Population in Families 376,986 (77.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 7,925 ( 1.6%)
Population Density 2,499
Diversity Index2 59


Median Household Income $67,853
Average Household Income $90,404
% of Income for Mortgage4 23%
Per Capita Income $36,450
Wealth Index5 94


Total HU (Housing Units) 202,960 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 119,299 (58.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 76,185 (37.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,476 ( 3.7%)
Median Home Value $373,072
Average Home Value $434,040
Housing Affordability Index3 111


Total Households 195,484
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 122,710
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 1.4% 1.42%
Households 1.36% 1.43%
Families 1.24% 1.37%
Median Household Income   2.54%
Per Capita Income   2.66%
Owner Occupied HU   1.91%

Colorado Springs, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Colorado Springs to the other 459 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density # 56 88th
Median Household Income # 209 55th
Housing Affordability Index # 226 49th
Per Capita Income # 202 56th
Diversity Index # 118 75th

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