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City of Manitou Springs, Colorado
—  City  —
Location in El Paso County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°51′24″N 104°54′36″W / 38.85667°N 104.91°W / 38.85667; -104.91
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] El Paso
Incorporated January 25, 1888[2]
 - Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 - Mayor Mark L. Morland[3]
 - Total 3 sq mi (7.8 km2)
 - Land 3 sq mi (7.8 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [4] 6,412 ft (1,938 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,980
 - Density 1,660/sq mi (634.2/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[5] 80829
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-48445
GNIS feature ID 0193457
Website City of Manitou Springs
Part of the commercial district
Pikes Peak as seen from Manitou Springs.

The City of Manitou Springs is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,980 at the 2000 census.

Students are served by Manitou Springs School District 14 and Manitou Springs High School.

Although nearby Colorado Springs is sometimes called "the Springs", some residents of Manitou or of westside Colorado Springs refer to both cities together as "The Springs".


Mineral springs

Manitou Springs derives its name from two dozen mineral springs situated throughout the area, many of which have spigots that locals and tourists alike may drink from. The minerals present at each location change the flavor of the local water.

In the early 1900s, the town became known as a health destination for people suffering from tuberculosis. The clean mountain air and mineral springs waters were part of a healthy retreat for people arriving by rail from across the country.

In the 1970s, Woodland Park, 19 miles up Ute Pass, built a sewage treatment plant on top of the fault line that forms the Pass. As a result, many of the springs were made undrinkable during the bulk of the 1980s, but this has since largely been corrected.

Since the recent 2008 construction, Manitou has new springs to offer.


Manitou Springs is located at 38°51′24″N 104°54′36″W / 38.85667°N 104.91°W / 38.85667; -104.91 (38.856559, -104.909996)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 4,980 people, 2,452 households, and 1,255 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,642.6 people per square mile (634.6/km²). There were 2,654 housing units at an average density of 875.4/sq mi (338.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.98% White, 0.50% African American, 1.06% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.65% of the population.

There were 2,452 households out of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.8% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,514, and the median income for a family was $57,260. Males had a median income of $39,102 versus $24,286 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,492. About 4.7% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions and community events

Preserved Baldwin Engine No. 5 on public display at Manitou Springs Depot, Sept 2006.

See also

A view overlooking the city from the foothills.


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