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DENVER -- Denver and Colorado Springs — are we rivals or friends? And which city is better to live in?
Several recent surveys are giving the nod to Colorado Springs.
"We feed off each other. Denver was first with its growth, and impacts and now you're seeing what's happened in Denver some five years ago, beginning to happen in Colorado Springs," explained Mayor Hancock.
"You've got the capital city here. Most of your corporate headquarters are in Denver," said Hancock.
Denver residents are also more likely to make more than their neighbors down south. The average weekly wage in Denver is more than $1,300 compared to a thousand dollars in the Springs.
"There's a lot to do in Denver. Never a down time, unless you chose to do it intentionality, that you can just be down and bored," said Hancock.
That's another win for Denver, one not easily tracked by a metric. The Mile-High City is booming with activity: nightlife, restaurants and all the lures of big city living.
Now that we've broken down the pros and cons let's take this matchup to the streets to get perspectives from people living in each city.
"I love living in this area because we can really literally walk out of our backyard and be on a trail," said Colorado Springs resident Kerr McGee.
McGee recently moved to the Springs from Austin. For her and her wife, she said it was the lure of the mountains, and slower way of life, mixed with the essential amenities of city living the Springs provides.
"We wanted to be somewhere that was still like a city but not quite so much city," said McGee. "There are a lot of birds in our backyard that is not in Denver (laughing).
The flip side of her argument comes from Denver transplant Mike McArthur.
"I love the fact that it's vibrant, and growing and being close to the mountains," he said.
McArthur also just moved to Colorado, but he came from Los Angeles. He has spent time in the Springs but believes Denver has much more to offer and is worth the price.
"Listen I came from L.A., so things feel very affordable here," said McArthur.
Other views speak to each cities reputation.
Denver is seen as more urban; Colorado Springs more suburban. Denver more progressive; Colorado Springs more conservative.
Mayor Suther's believes his city gets a bad rep for being religious.
When in reality, he said, "no more percentage of the population goes to church here than any other big city in America."
While each city has its positives and negatives, both mayors agree on one thing: It's pretty cool to have Colorado's two largest cities on the map, no matter their ranking.
"What we really have to do is bring Denver and Colorado Springs together and figure out how we take out cities like Austin," said Hancock.