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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, February 2017)
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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 Occ2,2767,132
13 - Business/Finan9973,472
15 - Computer/Math1,3253,887
17 - Architect/Engineer5871,734
19 - Science Occupations186675
21 - Comm & Social Serv4741,332
23 - Legal Occupations157547
25 - Education & Library5811,598
27 - Arts, Sports, Media6632,082
29 - Healthcare Practice3501119
31 - Healthcare Support6531,887
33 - Protective Services5431,270
35 - Food Prep & Serving1,6704,571
37 - Cleaning & Bldg Maint8252,532
39 - Personal Care4291,194
41 - Sales & Related2,0596,461
43 - Office & Admin Supp3,94612,251
45 - Farm, Fish, Forest201488
47 - Construct & Extract1,3854,201
49 - Install, Maint, Repair9092,217
51 - Production1,0543,145
53 - Transportation1,0412,954
55 - Military Occupations6487
Total Itemized Applicants22,37566,836
(Pikes Peak Workforce Center, April 2017)
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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