Colorado Springs is beautiful anytime of the year with its majestic mountain background. You can find plenty to do and to enjoy in and around the city, including touring parks like Garden of the Gods and enjoying the wildlife.
Your neighbors in Colorado Springs are watching their city experience a growth spurt. According to the Census Bureau, the population in 2010 was 416,427. The population estimates for 2015 increased the figures by 9.4 percent to 456,568 people. Of the 2010 figures, 78.8 percent of residents identify as white, 16.1 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 6.3 percent as black or African-American, 3 percent as Asian, 1 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.3 percent as Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.
5.1 percent of the population identify as two or more races. As many as 8.2 percent of residents were born in another country and 13.2 percent of people speak a language other than English at home.
Senior citizens, age 65 and over, make up 10.9 percent of the population of Colorado Springs and females of all ages (51 percent) outnumber males.
Colorado Springs experiences an average snowfall of 39 inches per year with snow falling through the months of October through April. The winter months experience an average high temperature in the low 40s and an average low temperature in the teens or low 20s. The summer months are mild with highs in the mid 80s. The average annual precipitation (rainfall) is 16.56 inches with most of the rain falling during the summer months.
The average annual high temperature is 62.1 degrees F and the average low temperature is 35.8 degrees.
The biggest danger for Colorado Springs residents is the falling snow, blizzard conditions, and ice. Blizzard conditions can make it difficult to see while driving so consider staying indoors when expecting a storm. Keep an emergency kit packed in your car with blankets, food, water, flashlights, and extra gloves.
Keep updated with local emergency broadcast systems or the National Weather Service. Before winter arrives, prepare your home by wrapping your pipes to keep them from freezing, insulate your home properly, and check your furnace and back up heaters to make sure everything is working properly. Also purchase rock salt to use on your porch, steps, walkway, and driveway.
If your heating source stops working, try to have an emergency plan in place. Get to a nearby friend or family member’s home while your furnace is being repaired.
Colorado Springs is teeming with wildlife such as bats, opossums, snakes, raccoons, skunks, beaver, otters, armadillos, squirrels, antelope, deer, bears, and porcupines. At the tourist attraction, Garden of the Gods, you can see Colorado Springs wildlife in its natural habitat. The garden is home to bighorn sheep, cacti, Yucca ladybug, shrubs, grasses, butterflies, mountain chickadees, flowering plants and herbs, magpies, hummingbirds, snakes, rams, white throated swifts, honeybees, and more.
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