A new ranking may come as no surprise to those already familiar with Colorado Springs’ aerospace and defense industry and long-standing military excellence. WalletHub recently ranked Colorado Springs number three among the Best Places for Veterans to Live. The report compared 100 of the most populated U.S. cities across four key dimensions: employment, economy, quality of life, and health.
Veterans are at home in the Colorado Springs area, which boasts ample aerospace and defense career opportunities, cutting-edge curricula at local schools and universities, diverse military installations and services, and competitive cost of living.
The defense sector represents $36.6 billion in economic benefit for Colorado – $18 billion in El Paso County alone – with job opportunities for in-demand career fields such as space, cyber, artificial intelligence, robotics, nano-technology, and manufacturing.
“Veterans are highly-skilled, mission-oriented professionals who are a source of strength for our local workforce,” said Rich Burchfield, chief defense development officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.
Read on to learn more about WalletHub’s findings, along with expert commentary from a panel of researchers and a full description of WalletHub’s methodology.