With a population of more than 103,000 residents, Pueblo is about 40 miles south of Colorado Springs and 110 miles south of Colorado's state capital, Denver. Pueblo is often referred to as "Steel City" because it is one of the largest steel-producing cities in the entire country. The ore mines formed Pueblo into the city that it is today, joining together the former cities of Pueblo, South Pueblo, Central Pueblo, and Bessemer into modern-day Pueblo. But most Americans know Pueblo as the address for government information: The Federal Citizen Information Center, the source for government booklets and pamphlets, is located here.
Two major highways, U.S. Highway 50 and Interstate 25, intersect in Pueblo. This intersection has been called the second-most important intersection in the state after the intersection of Interstates 70 and 25 in Denver. U.S. Highway 50 is an east-west highway that starts in Kansas and works its way to the west through California. Interstate 25 is a north-south interstate that stretches from Wyoming to New Mexico. For public transportation, the Pueblo Transit provides daily bus routes to residents or visitors in Pueblo's downtown. Located five miles northeast of the Central Business District, Pueblo Memorial Airport is used for commercial passenger flights as well as military, charter, business, and flight training. There are three flight schools present at the airport, including one for helicopter training.
More than half of the homes in Pueblo were built more than 30 years ago. The most expensive homes are in the neighborhood around Encino Drive and Bridle Trail, southwest of downtown Pueblo. The least expensive homes are located by U.S. Route 50 and Baxter Road, east of downtown. In downtown Pueblo, the Union Avenue Historic District preserves 19th century buildings, now shops and restaurants.
The city of Pueblo enjoys a fairly stable economy. The median household income in Pueblo is around $33,600; the statewide median household income is around $55,200. The average salary for jobs in Pueblo is around $31,000.
Rocky Mountain Steel, a specialty steel mini-mill, is the remaining legacy of Pueblo's steel-producing heyday.
Educational services and health care are major industries in Pueblo. Other prominent industries in the city are retail trade, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services.
The renewable energy sector is expected to get a boost in the city of Pueblo. According to a recent announcement by Vestas, the largest renewable energy plant in the world -- which manufactures the towers for wind turbines -- is going to be built in the industrial park at Pueblo.Pueblo is a regional medical center:
With an enrollment of more than 4,000 students, Colorado State University-Pueblo is a public college. The campus spans more than 275 acres situated in the Belmont area on Pueblo's northern edge. Up until 2003, the school was called the University of Southern Colorado. Today, students can choose from more than 25 undergraduate programs and 6 graduate degrees. For athletics, the university is a member of the NCAA Division II level and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Pueblo Community College is a two-year college offering more than 50 certificate and associate degree programs. Its area of focus is in health-care education. This college maintains three campuses, and the main campus is in Pueblo.
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