Ten Things You Should Know Before Moving to Colorado Springs

Even though Westword is based in Denver, we consider the entire State of Colorado to be our beat.

That's why we write so frequently about Colorado Springs — and why our attention was grabbed by the recent Estately post "25 Things You Should Know Before Living in Colorado Springs."

Turns out plenty of items on this roster corresponded to things we've covered over the years — including all ten of those spotlighted here. Our original posts are linked in the captions for each photo.

Continue to count down our ten favorites, featuring Estately text — and to read the site's complete list, click here.

Number 10: Kim Jong-un wants to make the city go boom
Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, has evil plans for Colorado Springs. According to a 2013 North Korean propaganda video, the city was singled out as one of four targets for a potential missile strike. Luckily, North Korea’s geography skills are terrible, and the map had Colorado Springs surprisingly located in Louisiana....

Number 9: Possible UFO hotspot?
According to statistics from the National UFO Reporting Center, Colorado Springs is the site of more than 11% of all UFO sightings in Colorado. Perhaps this is why UFO Phil (pictured above) has announced plans to construct a full-sized limestone pyramid and power plant atop Pikes Peak. Despite a design he claimed was given to him by aliens he was unable to recruit enough volunteers to haul the necessary 2.3 million limestone blocks to the top of the mountain.

Number 8: Fairly conservative for a city
Cities tend to be liberal bastions, but Colorado Springs has traditionally been more conservative. In 2013, the city was named the 2nd Best City for Conservatives to Live by Estately, but in recent years the area’s Democratic voters are growing in number faster than Republican ones. Much of the the downtown area and westside votes Democrat, but the city still has many conservative bonafides…

• Conservative organization Focus on the Family is headquartered there and its founder James Dobson calls the city home
• Leonard Peikoff, heir to the Ayn Rand estate, lives there
• Conservative author and commentator Michelle Malkin moved there recently
• Wisconsin Governor and presidential candidate Scott Walker was born there
• In the 2012, Republican primary El Paso County was won by Rick Santorum. In the general election the county voted 58.9% for Mitt Romney, and just 38.54% for Barack Obama.

Number 7: Gun violence
Violent crime is relatively low in Colorado Springs, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never hear shots fired. In April, a local man was cited by the police for taking his computer into the alley and executing it with eight shots at close range with a handgun.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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