The City in the Country, as Colorado Springs is fondly known by local residents, is the county seat and largest city of El Paso County, Colorado. It sits at the base of Pikes Peak, one of the most famous and picturesque mountains in the United States, with a seasonal semi-arid climate that gives the city fairly mild winters and hot summers. There is plenty for expatriates in Colorado Springs to see, including the Museum of Coral Springs History, the elegant City Hall and the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital. With an extraordinary 9,000 acres of parks and sports grounds, the city also has plenty to offer expats living in Colorado Springs with a love of natural beauty. One of the city's most popular natural sights, the grandly named Garden of the Gods, is even a National Natural Landmark. All of this considered, it is perhaps not surprising that Colorado Springs has been named the best big American city to live in by both Money magazine and Outsider.
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As a popular business and tourist destination, the city of some 430,000 is well-connected. The Colorado Springs Municipal Airport is second only to Denver International for traffic in the county, and Colorado's bus system, Mountain Metro, links the city to larger US cities. Expatriates moving to Colorado Springs can get plenty of information from the Expat Magazine, our online collection of articles and information, on everything from expat finance and insurance to working abroad and how to handle issues like family and relationships as an expatriate. And for more on-the-ground, anecdotal hints and tips, we also have a good collection of content written by our InterNations members. Being a well-connected, comfortable city, though, expats moving to Colorado Springs can expect an easy arrival and should find settling in this picturesque city an enjoyable experience.
Colorado Springs has a robust, dynamic economy that will be a stimulating work environment for expatriates. Working in Colorado Springs often means one of three things – the military, the high-tech industry or the tourism industry. The dominance of these three industries is, however, being increasingly augmented by a growing services sector and expats working in Colorado Springs should enjoy being part of a local economy on the up. You may of course want to get in touch with other expatriates in Colorado Springs and by far the easiest way to do this is through the InterNations website. Our discussion groups, forums and private communications are all good ways to communicate with other expats and global minds, and a popular way for expatriates in Colorado Springs and other cities to organize meet-ups, network online or get extra information on things to do in this famously livable city. It is, of course, easy enough to find an international network here – although that being said, it shouldn’t be too long before you’ve settled and start to see yourself as part of the wider Colorado Springs community as well.