Pueblo, Single Colorado Success Story

Although marred by disaster in the past, the vision extended toward the future in Pueblo, single and focused, is bright with opportunity. Recovering from a tragic flood in 1921 and from the demise of the steel industry in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, Pueblo, Colorado has made great strides in recent years in extending its economic base and in reclaiming its prosperity.

Pueblo, Colorado lies in the semi-arid southern part of the state, a region that receives fourteen inches of rain per year or less. There are approximately one hundred and five thousand people living in Pueblo, which was, at one time a national steel-producing center in the United States. Now the economy of the Pueblo is dominated by the aviation and electronics industries.

Of the more than forty thousand households in Pueblo, single women occupy approximately fifteen percent. Approximately forty-four percent of the local households are occupied by married couples and approximately thirty-five percent of households are occupied by non-families. (It would seem that in Pueblo, marriage is the dominant lifestyle choice.)

Prospects for Pueblo single women may be a little tough as there are only ninety-three males per every one hundred females in the community. The average age in Pueblo, Colorado is approximately thirty-six years and the average annual income per household is approximately thirty thousand dollars. Families tend to earn approximately thirty five thousand dollars per year with men making thirty thousand and women earning twenty-two thousand.

In an historical sense this is a community that has undergone major transformations. In Pueblo single events have made major changes in the life of the town. A devastating flood in 1921 destroyed more than a third of downtown businesses and buildings and in the process ended Pueblo's dominance as the saddle-making capitol of the world.

The resulting damage to the economy in Pueblo, single though this event may have been, was catastrophic and further exacerbated by the rapid decline of the steel industry in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. Pueblo, Colorado was forced to completely redefine itself and to find a new economic base. It has only been in recent years that Pueblo has been successful in this difficult endeavor as illustrated by the low annual income figures for the community.

Like every community, however, there is also a point of local pride as illustrated by the designation "Home of Heroes," in the case of Pueblo. Single military achievement would be more than worthy of local recognition but this community is home to four Congressional Medal of Honor winners: Drew D. Dix, William J. Crawford, Carl L. Sitter, and Raymond Murphy.

Colorado State University is located in Pueblo with an enrollment of approximately four thousand. Each year Pueblo plays host to the Colorado State Fair and there is also an annual chili festival. Visitors will enjoy strolling along the Historic Arkansas River Project in the Union Avenue district commemorating the impact of the tragic 1921 flood.

If there it is one distinct feature of Pueblo, "marriage" would be that feature - a marriage of the past and the present, a marriage of tragedy and opportunity, and a marriage of development and growth. While the community may have suffered setbacks in the past, the future looks bright for Pueblo and filled with the promise of many good things to come.

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