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An all-American town tucked at the base of Colorado’s famed Pikes Peak, Fountain delivers bang for your buck amid natural splendor.

Families enjoy a fun day out at Fountain’s Fall Festival at Metcalfe Park in September 2022.Courtesy of Fountain Valley News
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Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak—the summit that inspired “America the Beautiful”—the city of Fountain is a suburb of Colorado Springs that offers sweeping views and small-town charm within a 10-minute drive of all the larger city has to offer. This family-friendly town boasts shops and restaurants in its downtown area. But given the natural splendor of the region, outdoor activities are the main draw here, from hiking (there are a number of trails accessible to those with mobility issues) and skiing, to horseback riding and hot springs. 


With Colorado Springs so close, residents have their pick of parks, including the Fountain Creek Regional Park, a 460-acre linear park between the two cities, and the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area, which serves as a nature preserve and outdoor classroom for interested visitors. The U.S. Air Force Academy is located nearby, and the city is home to Pikes Peak International Raceway.


Housing prices are typically above the national average, but the area is more affordable than Denver for those who want to wake up to equally majestic scenery. You won’t find much nightlife in the laid-back suburb—but the diverse town offers families decent schools and a close-knit community feel. And if you end up missing the big city, Denver is a little less than two hours away by car. —AA

Town information

Median sale price for single family residences (2022)$430,505
Median household income$71,188
Racial breakdownBlack: 10%, Asian: 3.9%, Hispanic: 26.6%, White, non-Hispanic: 54.0%
U.S. racial breakdownBlack: 13.6%, Asian: 6.1%, Hispanic: 18.9%, White, non-Hispanic: 59.3%
Sharecare Community Well-Being Index Score (out of 100)61
District high school graduation rate82.7%
Number of quality family medicine doctors (rated 3.5 or higher) per 100,000 households, within 25 miles48
Number of quality nursing homes per 100,000 households, within 25 miles33
Sources: Witlytic, ATTOM Data Solutions, STI: Popstats, the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the Kaiser Family Foundation,, Healthgrades, and Sharecare.