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Awards & Rankings

Colorado Springs consistently ranks at the top of a variety of national and international lists.

  • No. 1 - Money, "Big Cities to Live In"
  • No. 1 - Outside Magazine, "Best Town"
  • No. 1 - Forbes, "America's Most Pet-Friendly City"
  • No. 1 - Men's Health, "Best Cities for Dogs"
  • No. 1 - Zillow.com, "Santa's Top 10 Favorite Cities"
  • No. 2 – Livability, “Pet Cities”
  • No. 2 - Men's Fitness, "Fittest City in America"
  • No. 2 - Women's Health, "The Best Places to Live for Women"
  • No. 2 – MSN.com, “Cities of Convention Wisdom”
  • No. 2 – Livability, “Cities for Veterans”
  • No. 2 – InsuranceProviders.com, “Safest City in the United States”
  • No. 3 – Hellawella, “Fitness-Focused Cities”
  • No. 3 - Men's Fitness, "Top Sports Town"
  • No. 3 - Earth Day Network, “Best Places to Live”
  • No. 3 - Car and Driver, "Top 10 Best Drivers' Cities"
  • No. 3 - FedSmith, "Best Southwest City for Defense Jobs"
  • No. 4 - Frommer's Travel Guide, "Cities Ranked and Rated"
  • No. 5 - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, "Best Cities to Live, Work and Play"
  • No. 5 – Kiplinger, “Great City for Young Adults”
  • No. 5 - MSNBC, "Best Cities to Live, Work and Play"
  • No. 6 – U.S. News & World Report, “Best Weekend Getaway”
  • No. 6 - Forbes, "America's Most Wired Cities"
  • No. 6 - SustainLane, "Top Ten Alternative Fueled City Fleets"
  • No. 7 – American Lung Association, “ Cleanest U.S. Cities”
  • No. 7 - Backpacker Magazine, "Best Places to Raise an Outdoor Kid"
  • No. 8 - Business Week, "Best Places to Start Over"
  • No. 8 – Sunset Magazine, “Fittest City in the West”
  • No. 9 - Forbes, "America's Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities"
  • No. 10 - Forbes, "Best Places for Business and Careers"
  • Top 10 – Fox News, “Least Obese Metro Areas”
  • Top 10 - Kiplinger, "Great Cities for College Grads"
  • Top 10 - U.S. News and World Report, "Green Places to Retire"
  • Top 10 - Men's Health, "Best Teeth"
  • Top 10 - Budget Travel, "The 10 Coolest Small Towns" (Manitou Springs)
  • No. 10 - GALLUP - 2012 Least Obese Metro Area
  • No. 11 - University of Toronto, "Best Places to be a Kid on Christmas Morning"
  • No. 11 - ERC & Primacy Relocation, "Best Places to Relocate"
  • No. 11 - The Boyd Company, "Best Places to Build a Data Center"
  • No. 13 - The Advocate "Gayest City"
  • No. 12 - Cooking Light Magazine, "America's Healthiest Cities"
  • No. 14 - FreeBackgroundChecksUSA.com, "Safest Cities in America for 2010"
  • No. 15 - Portfolio Magazine, "America's Top 25 Smartest Cities"
  • No. 15 – Partenting.com, “Best City for Families”
  • No. 17 – Farmer Insurance Group, “Most Secure Places to Live”
  • No. 17 - RelocateAmerica, "Top 100 Places to Live"
  • No. 18 - Bicycling Magazine, "America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities"
  • No. 18 - TripAdvisor, Travelers' Choice 2010 "The Best Destinations"
  • No. 24 – The Daily Beast, “Funniest Cities”
  • Top 20 - Blue Rhine, "Top Cookout Capitals"
  • Top 25 - American Style, "Mid-Sized U.S. City Art Destination"
  • No. 27 – USA Today, “Most Literate City”
  • Silver Award - League of American Bicyclists, "Bicycle Friendly Community Award"
  • CNN Money's - 10 Best Places to Retire 2013