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Location:  One of the Army's youngest installations, Fort Carson, the Mountain Post, is a proud Army post located southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado, between Interstate 25 and Highway 115 in El Paso county. This post is recognized as one of the world's premier locations to lead, train, and maintain while preparing soldiers to win on the battlefield. Fort Carson Homepage

Cost of Living: Affordable compared to the U.S. average

Base Operator: 719-526-5811 or DSN 312-691-5811

Population:  18,900 active duty; 47,250 family members; 3,119 civilians

Area Population:  587,272



Child Care: Fort Carson Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) is committed to serving the unique needs of Mountain Post families through a variety of programs designed for children ages six-weeks through 18 years. All services are based on the growth and development of your child, and meet both US Army and national standards. Our seamless delivery system ensures that the same caring philosophy is followed by our dedicated staff in every program and service we offer. For more information, call 719-526-1100.

Schools: Four elementary schools and one middle school on post run by Foutain-Fort Carson School District 8.  There are several other local school districts in Colorado Springs.



Youth Services: The Fort Carson Youth Center offers a wide variety of activities for youth grades 5 through 12. This state of the art facility includes a full size gymnasium, game room, computer lab and snack bar among other amenities. For more information call 719-526-2680.

Army Community Service:  ACS  719-526-4590

Housing: On-Post: Privatized housing run by Balfour Beatty Communities, Current Housing Inventory 3,060 units, 70% are enlisted, 308 new units to be built. The waiting list for on post family housing generally runs from 6 to 18 months. It is based on number of bedrooms requirement and availability of homes, 579-1606 ext 250. 

Housing Off-Post: The Housing Services Office (HSO) provides guidance and assistance to all incoming and departing personnel with all off-post housing needs 719-526-2323/2322/5219.

Single Soldier Housing Office (SSH): Soldiers should contact the installation Single Soldier Housing Office (SSH), 719-526-0570 or 719-524-0851 to obtain information regarding barracks space.

Employment: Employment is available in a wide variety of fields. Unemployment rate is 8.6%. Median household income is $60,131.

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Medical Services: Military personnel and their dependents are served by hospitals located at either Fort Carson or the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Evans Army Community Hospital is a 61-bed facility and four clinics; appointments 719-526-7000.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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