Situated in the Arkansas Valley, the “Steel City” lies along the Arkansas River just over 100 miles south of Denver on Interstate 25. Recently, Kiplinger rated the Pueblo, Colorado area second on its “5 Cheapest Places to Live in America” list. They deemed the favorable median household income and low average housing costs as key factors in the high ranking.
There are many other reasons to relocate to this part of the Front Range, like the weather! Though near the high peaks of the Rockies, Pueblo is mostly high desert and enjoys four distinct seasons. The area gets over 300 days of sun each year and less snow fall than most other cities in the state.
Several major events are held throughout the year. Around for almost 150 years, the Colorado State Fair is the largest event in the state and boasts a full schedule of entertainment and exhibits. The eleven-day fair is attended by a half million visitors annually.
The fairgrounds also play host to the Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals each year. Car enthusiasts from across the country converge on Pueblo, Colorado to view thousands of vintage vehicles during this special event. If sports are more of your thing, fans can support the ThunderWolves of CSU-Pueblo. Their upstart small college football program is already a force in their division and just earned their first playoff berth this season.
Both locals and visitors alike make sure to stop by the Sunset Inn to try the famous ‘slopper’ cheeseburger. This inventive culinary treat became an instant classic after being featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Wars program. The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk is a revitalization effort that has reclaimed the waterfront and celebrates the original route of the river that served as the lifeblood of Native Americans and early settlers of the area.
Famous residents include writers, actors, and professional athletes. Some of the most notable natives include David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, and more recently former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino. The city has been visited by seven US Presidents and was dubbed the “Home of Heroes” by President Eisenhower due to the town’s four Medal of Honor recipients.
Access to excellent educational opportunities, healthcare and amenities such as shopping and recreation also make the area attractive to potential residents. Pueblo is definitely an affordable option for those looking for a new place to call home.