If you have never experienced the wonders of Colorado Springs, moving here can feel like a bit of a shock. Situated in a high desert, Colorado Springs offers some of most breathtaking scenery in the country, but that's not all it has going for it. With a thriving economy and huge military presence, there's a reason Colorado Springs has been dubbed the Best Hometown in the Military.
Its strong military presence and friendly community make Colorado Springs a great option for active service members and veterans alike. Before you start looking at homes for sale near Fort Carson, Here are 6 more things you should know about Colorado Springs before you PCS here:
Low Property Taxes
Although taxes are based on the individual home and lot, in general, property taxes in Colorado Springs are among some of the lowest in the country. This is especially true when you consider that Colorado Springs is the second-largest city in Colorado and has numerous amenities and community features that enrich your life and add value to your property.
Moving From El Paso to El Paso County
This one can really confuse those moving from Fort Bliss base is in El Paso, Texas, to Fort Carson in El Paso County. The name isn't the only thing these two regions have in common. Geographically speaking, both share arid conditions, where a mountain range meets sandy plains. Colorado Springs is nestled between the Front Range and Colorado Desert, whereas El Paso resides in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Many homeowners in Colorado Springs enjoy an active lifestyle. With breathtaking natural wonders all around, many people want to get out and enjoy it. From running, biking, mountain climbing, and more, if you love leading an active lifestyle or you are interested in athletics, Colorado Springs is a great choice for you.
When walking down the street, you will be amazed at the relaxed dress code and residents who are permanently dressed in athletic wear, ready for adventure at the drop of a hat. Colorado Springs is also home to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which further promotes the city's love affair with athletics.
The Air Is Thinner Here
At an elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level, the air in Colorado Springs is a bit thinner. This means you may need a short adjustment period to get used to it. Athletes should keep this in mind while planning new fitness routines and residents who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems should make sure they are aware of the change as their bodies get used to it. The high altitude will also have an impact on baking and cooking. Some measurements must be altered to account for the change.
It's (Almost) Always Sunny in Colorado Springs
When people from outside the area think of Colorado, they think of the snowy reaches up north—not the more pleasant semi-desert climate of the Colorado Springs area. In fact, the weather is one of the most appealing things about living in or around Colorado Springs. The city boasts approximately 300 days of sunshine every year. Additionally, you will notice that the region is warm in the late spring through early fall and the temperatures are moderate the rest of the year. It only makes sense that people enjoy the outdoor lifestyle so much since they can take advantage of this beautiful weather.
There are Relatively No Bugs
Since Colorado Springs is in a high desert climate, there are virtually no insects to deal with. This means no mosquitos or other pests to ruin all that time you're going to spend outdoors. Moths are one of the only exceptions to this, and they leave town as soon as winter hits, anyways.
Many Employment Options
The military is, by far, the largest employer in Colorado Springs; however, there are also many other employment opportunities with defense, aerospace, tech, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and more. Many Fortune 500 companies and other businesses in the private sector have operations in Colorado Springs, which could be a huge draw for military spouses looking for employment.
Military Home Search can help make the transition to living in Colorado Springs as effortless and easy as possible. Our trained and experienced realtors know exactly what military families need during a PCS. For more information on our services, send us a message or call us at 719-373-1906.
Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.