Who lives in Colorado Springs, CO? Colorado Springs is home to a sizable retiree community. More than a tenth of the population is over the age of 65. As the area military members retire, they often stay close to the nearby military bases for medical care, shopping privileges and a fairly low cost of living.
Nicknamed the Mile High City for its 5,280-foot elevation (although officially reported as 5,279 feet), Denver's location at the base of the Rocky Mountains provides a gateway to a slew of outdoor pursuits, although it is probably best known for its devout ski and snowboard enthusiasts.
Other favorites include the Iowa Wolves (basketball), the Des Moines Buccaneers (hockey), the Iowa Wild (hockey) and the Iowa Barnstormers (arena football). From May through October, the downtown farmers market spreads out across eight blocks in the Court District, and festivals like the Des Moines Arts Festival in June energize the region. And, yes, locals do visit the annual Iowa State Fair to glimpse the life-size butter cow sculpture and taste the latest food on a stick.
What's the best way to get around Portland, OR? You can get around the bulk of Portland without a car, but owning one is helpful if you plan to travel to areas outside the city center. For drivers, commute times average at less than half an hour, with traffic mostly jamming up at interstate connections, sections of Highway 26 and 217 and the Interstate 5 Bridge crossing the Columbia River.
But those who live in the District are quick to point out that there's more to their area than government. The Washington, D.C., metro area has the perks of a large urban area. It's serviced by an extensive public transit system, and is home to plenty of restaurants, entertainment venues, a variety of museums, public parks and other cultural sites.