The Gazette has amassed data from city, county and state sources, talked to longtime southeast residents and newcomers, developers and real estate professionals, community leaders and business owners, police, the mayor, city planners, code enforcement, city council members and clergy.
Colorado Springs is booming, with new developments pushing north and east. Why has the southeast been left behind? And can that change?
The Gazette seeks to answer those questions and more in an eight-part special report.
Here's a look at some of the numbers.
- 39 percent of the city’s Latino population and 49 percent of the city’s black population live in southeast Colorado Springs.
- 40 percent of the city’s foreign born who are not U.S. citizens live in the southeast as do 35 percent of residents 5 years and older who speak a language other than English at home.
The overall poverty rate for the 20 tracts combined was 21% compared to the 13.4 percent rate in all of Colorado Springs. The rate for children under 18 years was much higher at 29 percent compared to 18 percent citywide. That means 42 percent of the poor children in Colorado Springs and 34 percent of all poor residents live in the southeast area.
The unemployment rate in southeast Colorado Springs was 12 percent in 2015 compared to 9 percent in the city. It was the same for both the southeast and the city in 2011 (12 percent vs 9 percent).
The military, made up 10 percent of the workforce in southeast Colorado Springs compared to 5 percent citywide in 2015. In 2011, it was 8 percent in southeast and 4 percent citywide.
Median household income: Income levels vary widely, ranging from $27,000 per household in the center of the southeast area to $69,000 on the far east.
The southeast has lower college grad rates than the city as a whole. In one case, the neighborhood with the second highest percent of college grads 23 percent) sits right next to the neighborhood with the second lowest rate (9 percent).