The Military Times Reboot Camp ranked Colorado Springs as the number one for veterans to live in 2019.
The camp evaluated nearly 600 cities in terms of military culture and services. The evaluation also covered key economic indicators and factors of livability. The latter includes such areas as crime, health, school quality, and traffic.
Fort Carson is the best hometown in the Army, it is situated at the base of Cheyenne Mountain. More than 40,000 service members and 80,000 veterans were residing in the Pikes Peak region. The latter is known to host five military bases.
The latest consensus survey in terms of veteran’s employability was conducted in 2016. The average income of the veterans is $51,478. This is about $20 thousand more than non-veteran average income.
The defense sector in Colorado Springs is the third largest economic sector in Colorado. It produces 7.5 percent of the total jobs in the state.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers mentioned in his interview with Military Times that Colorado Springs offers a very favorable environment for the veterans. It hosts an overwhelming number of veteran service organizations. The city implements a number of governmental and non-governmental programs aimed at improving the lives of veterans.
Nevertheless, the quality of life Colorado Springs offers to its residents has long been recognized. In April 2018, US News and World Report conducted a ranking of the best to live in terms of quality of life. Colorado Springs was ranked the second-best city to live in the US.
The city ranked high in terms of its employment opportunities, quality of life, climate conditions and outstanding places to visit.
Virginia Beach, Virginia ranked number two for the best large city for veterans to live, while San Antonio, Texas ranked the third on the list of best cities for veterans to live in 2019.