Cheap Living in America's Banana Belt - Pueblo, Colorado

Arkansas River Walk at Night in Pueblo

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High Incomes, Low Costs

Pueblo, Colorado is the Second Cheapest Place to Live in America, according to the analysts at Kiplinger Magazine.

The city is located in a banana belt micro-climate on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains and includes Pueblo as well as several other Colorado cities and towns.

This area is usually warmer in winter than surrounding areas and therefore, more pleasant for living during the winter seasons, with lower heating bills, too. This makes Pueblo a cheaper, more comfortable place to live in America.

World Record Levee Mural on the Arkansas River

Pueblo World Record Levee Mural on the Arkansas River.
Pueblo World Record Levee Mural on the Arkansas River. | Source

Lower Costs than National Averages

The median home price in Pueblo 2012 - 2015 was just over $112,000 and the largest number of workers in Pueblo earned between $100,000 to $149,999 per year.

An additional 13% earned $150,000 to $199,999. Most workers make at least $60,000 or higher annual incomes, which makes Pueblo and its lower cost of living (82.5 overall compared to the US national average 100) even more attractive.

Pueblo has been nicknamed Steel City for its former high output steel manufacturing plants. In addition, city fathers and residents have been proud that Pueblo is home to four US Medal of Honor Winners, making it known as The Home of Heroes. In lighter fare, Pueblo is home to the Slopper, a sloppy hamburger sandwich that has been featured on television food shows. Word on the streets says that Pueblo has at least 25 different restaurants that all feature a unique type of slopper sandwich. Some people make it a goal to try all 25.

Reference Map

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A markerGreat Sand Dunes National Preserve -
Great Sand Dunes National Park, 11500 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146-9502, USA
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B markerSt. Mary Corwin Regional Medical Center -
St Mary-Corwin Regional Medical Center, 1008 Minnequa Ave # 6100, Pueblo, CO 81004-3733, USA
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One of the major employers in Pueblo, Colorado.

C markerLake Pueblo -
Lake Avenue, Pueblo, CO, USA
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Medal of Honor Recipients from Pueblo, Colorado

  • William J. Crawford, US Army - WWII
  • Carl L. Sitter, US Marine Corps - Korean Conflict
  • Raymond G. "Jerry" Murphy - US Marine Corps - Korean Conflict
  • Drew D. Dix, US Army - Vietnam Conflict

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Historical Demography

In the American Southwest, the original inhabitants were our Indigenous Peoples, followed by Spanish explorers. Some archaeologists feel that enough evidence exits to suggest Chinese exploration beginning between 200 BC to 499 AD on the West Coast that spread inward to Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado. This is interesting, since the original Native Americans are heavily linked to more ancient Northern Asians.

Some researchers call Pueblo, Hopi, Ute, and Zuni ancestors Anasazi, but this is not a nation of people. Anasazi is a Navajo word that indicates another people as an enemy. As such, it is also a racial slur, according to some Indigenous groups around Pueblo..

Bands of Native Americans gathered where there was ample water, at the meeting of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek. A developed commercial and recreational Riverwalk on the Arkansas River is prominent in Downtown Pueblo today. French and Mormon settlers gathered in what is now the city from 1700 - mid-1800s and after the Civil War, Pueblo was made an official town.

The American railroad, along with the Bessemer Furnace installed in1881 in Pueblo brought hordes of steel workers of various nationalities. Soon, suburbs included North, South, East, and West Pueblo, many parks, and some upscale housing all before 1900. The Flood of 1921 destroyed much industry and changed the course of the Arkansas river, but before 1929, Pueblo had recovered and experienced a second Steel Boom. This aided the city in surviving The Great Depression and in serving a US Army Base here in WWII. Hispanic immigrants once again moved into the area.

Unfortunately, a Steel Crash occurred in 1982 because of global steel production and Urban Renewal reconstructed much of the Historic Downtown Area to include new types of businesses from the 1980s, onward. In the 2010s, Vestas companies is a big wind tower manufacturer that has brought jobs to replace some of those lose in the Steel Crash.

Food manufacturing is gaining a foothold and the world is interested in the unique Mirasol green chile peppers produced in Pueblo. A large festival is held annually to celebrate the chiles and Mexican inspired cuisine. Coffee is another big agricultural product.

Pueblo CO was Named for Anasazi Pueblos and Communities Called "Pueblos"

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Anasazi pueblo ruins in the cliffs.Petroglyphs of Native Americans found in Colorado.
Anasazi pueblo ruins in the cliffs.
Anasazi pueblo ruins in the cliffs. | Source
Petroglyphs of Native Americans found in Colorado.
Petroglyphs of Native Americans found in Colorado. | Source

Eagle's Journey into Dawn - Ronald Roybal

Arkansas River and Fountain Creek, South Central CO

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Pueblo, CO, USA
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Highest Demand Jobs in Pueblo and within a 25-Mile Radius

  1. Software Developers and Engineers
  2. Registered Nurses - RN License
  3. Truck Drivers - Owner Operators and Company Drivers
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Occupational Therapists
  6. Teachers and Instructors
  7. Physician Assistants
  8. Environmental Engineers
  9. Financial Analysts
  10. Physicians and Dentists
  11. Medical Assistant/Nurse Practitioners
  12. Taco Bell Crew, Staff, and Managers

Top Companies Listing High Demand Jobs

  1. Schneider National - trucking
  2. Centura Health
  3. Parkview Medical Center
  4. Harrison School District
  5. Raytheon Polar Services
  6. St. Mary Corwin Medical Center
  7. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut
  8. Ryder - trucking
  9. Smith Transport - trucking
  10. q Shift Travel Nurses
  11. JB Hunt Transport - trucking
  12. Retail stores

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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

That's an awesome combination. High income and a low cost of living. Thank you for sharing this informative hub about living in America's Banana Belt. We have something here in Canada called the green belt to preserve green space. Thanks for sharing this information. I am planning on settling down in the US. This will be helpful. Great hub. Voted up.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

When I saw this, I had to read. I grew up 40 minutes from there - in Colorado Springs. It's an up and coming area. I think if I lived there, I'd live in "Pueblo West" - they say it's prettier than Pueblo itself. But, it's making me homesick to see such familiar landmarks and pictures in print. :)


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Interesting and extremely helpful piece for anyone thinking of getting a fresh start. Up and useful, interesting and awesome too!


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Patty, a micro-climate in that area sounds grand. Thanks for all your research!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for reading - some of these are helping people find jobs!


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

I have two grandchildren that were born in Pueblo. I loved visiting in the winter because it was much warmer than Wyoming.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Now that's a good eye-witness testimony for Pueblo!


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gconeyhiden 4 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A

wow you even help people find a nice place to live. I toured this area once..I cleaned up beautiful spot in garden of the Gods..do i have the name right? kids? left like 30 beer cans in the garden and i was horrified. I may have to move back to the states so i appreciate these kinds of tips. I bet you can even rap.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Garden of the Gods, that's right! Beer cans? How gauche.

Rap - no. LOL

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