Manitou Springs : Colorado

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What it's Like to Retire in Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs is a small town of 5,800 that is a short distance west of Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak rises above the town. The downtown is a Victorian sampler that has attracted many people, including a previous generation of hippies. The town is popular with tourists and with retirees for its mountains and scenery.  Many interesting shops and galleries, along with Victorian B & Bs await the weary traveler.  Although almost physically connected to Colorado Springs, the 2 towns are worlds apart politically and culturally. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is one of the local attractions. Photo looking down on the town courtesy of Wikipedia and David Shankbone. Photo of downtown scene courtesy of Wikipedia and David Benbennick.

Where to Retire in Manitou Springs and Home Prices

People who come here are often attracted by the Victorian homes in many of the neighborhoods.  Over 700 homes have been included in a historic district. There are not many new developments, although there are newer homes outside of town ranging from log homes to very palatial mountain estates.  Zillow reports the median home value in mid-2016 was $311,700.


What is special about Manitou Springs

Its preserved Victorian charm and its artsy side appeal to many people. The cog railway is a big attraction, as are the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.  Colorado is a friendly state for people over 65 - there are significant property tax exemptions as well as exemptions on significant amounts of social security and pension income.


What is not special about Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs is a busy tourist town near the very busy city of Colorado Springs.

Who will like retirement in Manitou Springs

People who are attracted to artsy towns and Victorian architecture will like it here. Also, those who crave the mountains will enjoy living above 6,000'.  Being so close to Colorado Springs means you are not stuck in a small town out in the mountains.

Local economy is driven by

Tourism is very important to the local economy. Nearby Colorado Springs has a diversified economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Manitou Springs is just west of Colorado Springs in central Colorado. The elevation is high at 6,412'.   Thanks to that altitude the January average temperature is in the high teens and the average July temperature is in the high 50's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

A big part of the attraction to Manitou Springs are the shops, restaurants, and galleries in the downtown.  Many artists live and work in town. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a popular attraction, as is the Pike's Peak Railway. Nearby Colorado Springs has a plethora of cultural attractions and restaurants.


The crime rate is well below average with an index of about 250 vs. the national index of 320.

Medical facilities

Nearby Colorado Springs has 2 hospitals and a large supply of medical professionals.


Colorado Springs has several transportation options.

Valuable Links

Manitou Springs Visitors Center


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  • State: CO
  • Environment: Mountain,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 0 -20
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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