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Find Out Why the Pueblo, Colorado, Population Keeps Growing!

April 28, 2021
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Located approximately 100 miles south of Denver, where Fountain Creek meets the Arkansas River, Pueblo, Colorado, is a great place to live, work and play. Read on to learn why the Pueblo, Colorado, population is booming!

Steeped in history

Pueblo, Colorado, was founded in 1842 as “Fort Pueblo.” At the time, it was composed of four separate towns: South Pueblo, Central Pueblo, Pueblo and Bessemer. Fort Pueblo flourished because of its mining industry, and the towns eventually merged to become the city of Pueblo.

Pueblo is known as the “City of Heroes” because it was once home to a record number of Medal of Honor recipients for its size (roughly 55.7 square miles). Today, there is a memorial showcasing four impressive bronze statues representing the award recipients and large granite plaques featuring the names of all Medal of Honor recipients since the Civil War when the award was first issued.

The city also played a major role in bringing the railroad to the state of Colorado and promoted agricultural achievements by hosting the Colorado State Fair. Learn more about Pueblo’s rich history here.

Attractive home prices

Among the chief reasons why so many homebuyers are flocking to Pueblo is the city’s affordability. The cost of living there is 85.2, compared to the national average of 100 and the Colorado average of 121.1, according to BestPlaces.net, a website that provides information on “cost of living, schools, crime rates, climate, house prices and more” by city. When broken down by category, the cost of housing in Pueblo ranks an attractive 73.4, compared to 100 nationally and 166.1 in the state!

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Wonderful weather

For many, weather is an important factor when deciding where to settle down and buy a home. BestPlaces.net notes that residents of Pueblo enjoy 259 days of sunshine each year, beating the national average of 205 by over 50 bright and beautiful days. Rainfall in the city is limited to just 13 inches annually, on average, compared to 38 inches nationally. And although Pueblo sees its share of snow like all Colorado cities, it only averages 25 inches per year, compared to the national average of 28 powder-filled inches. “The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Pueblo is 7.4 (10 = best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Colorado,” according to the site.

Abundant amenities

You might be wondering whether Pueblo can hold a candle to more well-known Colorado cities, like Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. It may have a small-town feel, but the city is home to a range of desirable amenities, including the many shops and eateries along the charming Pueblo Riverwalk. Here, area residents and visitors can:

  • Take in more than 50 pieces of eye-catching artwork that line the beautiful pathway.
  • Visit Veteran’s Bridge to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served our great nation.
  • Take a 25-minute narrated cruise through the Riverwalk Channel to learn about the history of the Pueblo Riverwalk (during summer months).
  • Eat, drink and socialize at family-friendly Angelo’s Pizza, casual and relaxed Brues Alehouse Brewing Co., upscale Twenty One Steak and more!

The city is also home to the Colorado State University’s Pueblo campus. Spanning over 275 stunning acres, CSU Pueblo is a fully accredited state university with an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students. It is “developing a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading institutions in the state.”

Looking for even more things to do in Pueblo? The city has a community calendar brimming with a variety of classes and events, from parenting courses, luncheons and beer pairings to book clubs and plays by the local Steel City Theatre Company.

Outdoor adventure

Pueblo is truly a nature lover’s paradise, showcasing all of the spectacular scenery for which the Centennial State is known. Boasting abundant greenery and a beautiful mountain backdrop (the Wet Mountains, a subrange of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the southern Rockies are never far from sight), residents of Pueblo enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, including:

  • Walking, hiking or biking along one of the city’s many scenic trails. Some fan favorites with an “easy” difficulty rating include the 2.2-mile Stonehenge and Rock Canyon Trail Loop and the 4.2-mile Skyline Trail, both of which boast picturesque views and are dog friendly. South Shore, Logs and Waterfall Loop is the perfect pick for those looking for a “moderate” 5-mile trail featuring a lake, and Conduit, Steep Tech, Arkansas Point and Staircase Trail Loop beckons to those seeking “difficult” yet attractive terrain.
  • Spending the day at one of Pueblo’s 70+ parks. Among the most popular is 157-acre Pueblo City Park, which has an arboretum, baseball and softball fields, bocce ball courts, a tennis clubhouse and courts, a disc golf course, a playground and picnic areas. It even features an amusement park and a zoo that is home to several endangered species, including African painted dogs, African penguins, American bison and red pandas!

Rated a “hot spot” for fishing, Lake Pueblo State Park is another prime destination among locals and tourists, alike. It has “over 4,600 surface acres of water, 60 miles of shoreline and almost 10,000 acres of land.” Hiking, biking, picnicking, camping, sailing, waterskiing and river tubing are just some of the pastimes visitors can enjoy at this expansive state park.

  • Kayaking and river surfing at Whitewater Park. Adrenaline junkies will delight in this eight-mile stretch of the mighty Arkansas River, which boasts eight thrilling man-made drops. Plus, the south bank is home to the world’s largest mural!
  • Hitting the greens at the Elmwood Golf Course. This tree-lined, 18-hole, full-service course, which features a pro shop and restaurant, “is rated one of the best conditioned city owned golf courses in the state.” It recently received a $2 million-dollar redesign and renovation!

In addition, skiers and snowboarders of all levels will be happy to learn that Pueblo is just a few hours from world-class skiing at Monarch Mountain, Echo Mountain and Breckenridge Ski Resort. It’s like vacationing right in your own big, beautiful backyard!

Ready to discover your dream home in Pueblo? Check out our exceptional new community, Seasons at Crestview Hills. Here, you’ll find:

  • New ranch and two-story homes from the upper $200s
  • Four flexible floor plans from our sought-after Seasons™ Collection
  • 2 to 4 bedrooms, approximately 1,420 to 1,740 square feet
  • Prime location just 10 minutes from downtown and the CSU Pueblo Campus
  • Easy access to I-25, Pueblo Reservoir and Pueblo Lake State Park
  • Hundreds of design and structural options
  • Complimentary Home Gallery™ consultation

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