As one of the largest cities in the state, Colorado Springs has a small town feel with an active community. Residents of Colorado Springs are diverse, friendly and glad to give a helping hand. The Springs is home to nationally recognized higher education institutions, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado College and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs school districts are also nationally ranked for excellence. The economy is highly influenced by the presence of the Department of Defense. The metro area is home to Fort Carson Military Base, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and NORAD. The Springs is also on the rise to become a large Tech and Science Hub in the United States with scientific and technical service providers calling this city home. The Healthcare industry makes up for a large part of the economy with world class hospitals which include UC Health, Memorial and The Children’s Hospital. Keeping with its “small town” feel the city also has a booming local business market which includes museums, artisan shops, restaurants, coffee shops, breweries & distilleries, and clothing boutiques. These factors aid in a low unemployment rate and a healthy job market. For all its social/economic benefits, what really sets the Springs apart from other cities in Colorado is its natural wonders. Colorado Springs is filled with parks, hiking trails, a zoo and countless other outdoor attractions. Its proximity to the mountains and mild climate makes this city perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. With breathtaking views of Pikes Peak, the majestic red rock formations of Garden of the Gods and the wonderful community, it is easy to see why so many fall in love with Colorado Springs and call it home!