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Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs is a middle-sized city, located just east of the geographic center of the state of Colorado in the United States. It has a population of 360,890 (according to the 2000 census). At elevation 6,035 feet, it is situated near the base of one of the most famous American peaks, Pikes Peak, on the east side of the Rocky Mountains. The capital of Colorado, Denver, is 68 miles to the north. The city is the county seat of El Paso County6.

In addition to Pikes Peak, there are many other tourist attractions in the area, including the Garden of the Gods[?], featuring amazing red sandstone formations, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings[?], the Flying W Ranch, and the Royal Gorge[?], which contains the world's highest suspension bridge, built in 1929 over the Arkansas River[?]. According to the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, the area attracts some six million visitors yearly.

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Geography Colorado Springs is located at 38°51'48" North, 104°47'31" West (38.863443, -104.791914)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 482.1 km² (186.1 mi²). 481.1 km² (185.7 mi²) of it is land and 1.0 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.21% water.

Demographics As of the census2 of 2000, there are 360,890 people, 141,516 households, and 93,117 families residing in the city. The population density is 750.2/km² (1,942.9/mi²). There are 148,690 housing units at an average density of 309.1/km² (800.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 80.66% White, 6.56% African American, 0.88% Native American, 2.82% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 5.01% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. 12.01% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 141,516 households out of which 34.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% are married couples living together, 10.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% are non-families. 27.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.50 and the average family size is 3.06.

In the city the population is spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $45,081, and the median income for a family is $53,478. Males have a median income of $36,786 versus $26,427 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,496. 8.7% of the population and 6.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.8% are under the age of 18 and 7.2% are 65 or older.


Colleges and Universities Colorado Springs is the home of Colorado College and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs[?] (UCCS), as well as the United States Air Force Academy.

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Religion In recent years, Colorado Springs has attracted a large influx of Evangelical Christians. Evangelical groups with headquarters at Colorado Springs include Focus on the Family (a Christian political organization), Compassion International, The Navigators[?], Youth with a Mission[?], Young Life[?] and the International Bible Society.

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