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Talent & Workforce

A Savvy Talent Pool

Colorado Springs is home to top-notch higher education institutions that continually produce a steadfast, growing workforce. With 36 percent of the population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, and some of the nation’s top veterans transitioning into the workforce, the region’s talent raises the bar.

This mid-sized city is a one-hour drive from Denver, allowing employers access to a diverse pool of qualified professionals. And with the unbeatable quality of life to sweeten the deal, it’s easy for businesses to retain and recruit talent.

Facts & Figures

36.3%
Percent of Persons Age 25 Years or More with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
34.4
Median Age
$54,228
Median Household Income
53,696
Veterans

Higher Education

Home to some of the nation’s top-performers in higher education, the Pikes Peak region prepares students for jobs in a variety of industries—from aerospace to healthcare.

Higher education facilities located within the region include:

Veterans

With some of the nation’s leading military institutions, including the United Sates Air Force Academy, and military bases such as Fort Carson, veterans contribute significantly to the Colorado Springs’ workforce. Bringing leadership, dedication and critical skills to the table, these leaders served their country, and are contributing to the region’s bottom line.

A variety of workforce training programs are available to veterans through the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, including transition assistance, job development career assessment and more.

Workforce Training

To help local companies stay competitive, the region offers many workforce training options.

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects businesses with work-ready job seekers who have ties to private institutions, community colleges and higher-education institutions.

The Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC works with private providers as well to ensure businesses have access to multiple training options.

#5
Most Educated City, Colorado Springs Forbes 2016
#4
Best Mid-Size City for New Grads, Colorado Springs OnlineDegrees.com 2016
#2
Best City for Veterans, Colorado Springs Livability 2016
#7
Best State to Make a Living, Colorado Forbes 2015
Best
Places for STEM Grads, Colorado Springs NerdWallet 2016
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(Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2016)
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Education Levels Comparison

City Percent
Completed
College
Percent
Completed
High School
Dallas, TX30.274.5
Seattle, WA58.993.4
Washington, DC54.689.3
Raleigh, NC48.290.5
Portland, OR45.591.3
Boston, MA45.385.2
Denver, CO4586.1
Salt Lake City, UT43.187.4
Boise, ID39.894.3
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO37.293.1
Chicago, IL35.682.3
Albuquerque, NM33.589
Los Angeles, CA3275.5
Reno, NV30.385.7
NATIONAL AVERAGE29.886.7
Spokane, WA28.891.6
Phoenix, AZ26.780.7
Las Vegas, NV22.383.3
Percent of those 25 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 - 2015 American Community Survey
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Active Applicants

L/O CodeColorado Springs75-Mile Radius
11 - Management Occ1,9996,907
13 - Business/Finan8983,404
15 - Computer/Math1,0573,288
17 - Architect/Engineer5321,757
19 - Science Occupations139715
21 - Comm & Social Serv4831,503
23 - Legal Occupations125584
25 - Education & Library5111,710
27 - Arts, Sports, Media5422,117
29 - Healthcare Practice3661,396
31 - Healthcare Support6332,692
33 - Protective Services5191,365
35 - Food Prep & Serving1,4815,644
37 - Cleaning & Bldg Maint7523,653
39 - Personal Care3911,762
41 - Sales & Related1,9098,141
43 - Office & Admin Supp3,57916,391
45 - Farm, Fish, Forest168442
47 - Construct & Extract1,2334,890
49 - Install, Maint, Repair9042,452
51 - Production1,0033,855
53 - Transportation9273,449
55 - Military Occupations5572
Total Itemized Applicants20,20678,189
(Pikes Peak Workforce Center, May 2016)
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Colorado Springs Labor Availability

2016 Forecast 30 Minutes
(25 Miles)
45 Minutes
(50 Miles)
1 hour drive
(75 Miles)
PopulationTotal688,3471,206,4613,513,447
Population20-64415,683719,9432,140,301
0 - 19 years189,316337,216924,679
20 - 44 years237,302395,6661,226,623
45 - 64 years178,381324,277913,678
65+ years83,349149,300448,467
Households261,446450,5971,374,760
Median Age35.536.936.8
Per Capita Income$31,242$33,478$33,841
Median Household Income$60,399$65,531$61,598
(ESRI, July 2016)
Rebekah Adair Economic Development Analyst (719) 884-2828 | RAdair@cscedc.com