This Valentine's Day, give thanks if you live in or near Colorado Springs. If you're not in love, it may be just a matter of time. This has become America's City of Love.
We win lots of awards in the Pikes Peak region. National magazines and research outfits frequently deem this community the best place to do business, raise a family, pursue a career, get in shape, walk a dog, etc., etc., etc. Money magazine called this the best big city in which to live a few years back. It's never a bad thing to live at the base of Pikes Peak with more sun than San Diego and an endless array of natural outdoor wonders to enjoy year-round.
But who would have thought this was the most romantic city in the country? We're more romantic than San Antonio, where couples can float through historic downtown on cafe-lined waterways that conjure images of Venice.
That's right, Cupid, the Springs is Nirvana. We know so because Facebook and the Wall Street Journal teamed up to determine which major cities are the best places for singles looking for love. Data nerds mined Facebook pages from cities throughout the country during a random month. They determined which communities had the most people changing relationship status from "Single" to "In a relationship." Colorado Springs won.
The Journal said our community's "traditional values" promote the merits of falling in love and committing to relationships.
"It's a place where people keep fit, active and social, and the growing downtown bar scene probably doesn't hurt," the Journal surmised.
The texas cities El Paso, Fort Worth and San Antonio (no surprise) were in the top five along with southern charmer Louisville, Ky.
Sure, it's pithy and cute and possibly worth a moment of water cooler talk on the holiday that celebrates romance. But we hope it genuinely reflects this community's stability and quality of life.
People in transition, who live in places they cannot wait to leave, are less likely to fall in love and commit to relationships. They have one foot out the door, and the last thing they need is a courtship that might keep them from moving on to a better location.
Most people who discover the Pikes Peak region never want to leave. That's why so many who have been stationed here during military careers return for the rest of their lives as soon as they retire. Those who experience the Springs want to settle down within easy reach of Garden of the Gods, gorgeous mountain vistas, abundant culture, countless trails and amazing schools. They want to live within an hour of Denver without having to endure the daily inconveniences of a city that large. They want to live in a bustling urban environment - the country's 42nd largest city - while also enjoying the feel of a small town.
Given our community's high quality of life, it should come as little surprise we're so romantic. We're also a city, like others, that could benefit from more good jobs and economic development. So we encourage residents and community leaders to spread the word about this latest "best of" classification. It's hard to think of a more appealing designation than most likely place to find love.
Happy Valentine's Day.