Where Everybody in Colorado Springs is Moving From

Maybe living a mile high isn’t enough for you.

If so, drive about an hour south of Denver to Colorado Springs, which is 6,035 feet above sea level, or 755 feet higher than Colorado’s state capital. In Colorado Springs, you’ll find plenty of outdoor recreation options, and you just might meet a future Olympian or Paralympian. The town is home to one of two U.S. Olympic Training Centers (the other is in Lake Placid, NY).

You’ll also find a lot of fellow newcomers. In fact, more than 50,000 people have moved to Colorado Springs from other places in recent years. That’s a lot of people, so let’s put it into context.

Between July 2016 and July 2017, the Colorado Springs metro-area population went from 710,746 to 723,878, a 1.8 percent increase, according to the latest census data. During that time, the population of El Paso County went from 686,706 to 699,232, also a  1.8 percent increase. (The metro area includes both El Paso County and Teller County, so it has a larger population than El Paso County does.)

To look at data on new residents, we need to take a longer term view. A total of 56,989 people moved to El Paso county between 2011 and 2015, according to another census study.

That same study also answers the question of where all those people are coming from, and it turns out the vast majority are coming from outside the Centennial State. More than three quarters (78 percent, 44,367 people) came from outside Colorado, and only 22 percent (12,622) moved from other places within Colorado.

Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to El Paso County:

Movers outside of Colorado:

Origin Number of movers Percent from out-of-state
Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix) 1,081 2.4%
Bexar County, TX (San Antonio) 951 2.1%
Cumberland County, NC (Fayetteville) 712 1.6%
Pierce County, WA (Tacoma) 712 1.6%
Honolulu County, HI 665 1.5%

Movers from Colorado:

Origin Number of movers Percent from in-state
Denver County 1,872 14.8%
Arapahoe County 1,627 12.9%
Douglas County 1,434 11.4%
Pueblo County 1,064 8.4%
Teller County 990 7.8%


Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

United States Olympic Committee

U.S. Census Bureau

Elizabeth Whalen