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Young professional numbers drop in Colorado Springs

By Carl Winder, Multimedia Journalist, carl.winder@krdo.com
Published On: Oct 25 2013 08:14:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2013 08:15:39 PM CDT

The Quality of Life Indicator shows that the number of young professionals in Colorado Springs dropped, but people in the area feel the numbers don't reflect the success.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The number of young professionals in Colorado Springs has tumbled.

This is according to a report from the Quality of Life Indicators, released Thursday. It shows how regions are performing in 11 key areas.

But for young professionals in Colorado Springs, the numbers don't reflect the success, like Andi Devlin.

He's a young professional who owns Revolution Moving. He says his business is thriving because of what Colorado Springs has to offer.

"It's a great environment intellectually and financially for new business because there is new people in the area," Devlin said.

In 2007, young professionals' share of the Colorado Springs population was 30 percent, but in 2012 it dropped to 27 percent.

Jon Severson runs the Colorado Springs Young Professionals, and he feels the drop in young professionals is not surprising.

"You can blame 100 percent that the number dropped on the fact that we lost a lot of major employers over the last six years," Severson said.

But he expects that number to pick back up.

"If you want to go out and you like to see live music, you want to go mountain biking and you want to go for a run, I mean there are so many options," Severson said.

Devlin said he wants to make his business bigger.

"I hope to continue to expand and have a successful business that's here in the community," Devlin said.

Severson said he has about 5,000 young professionals in his group between Pueblo and El Paso County.

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