Colorado Springs, Colo. is now the "tiny house capital" of America, says news editor Clare Trapasso. But, it turns out, there's a fierce competition among cities for that title. Northern California and Portland, Ore. both claim that they are the true pioneers of small-space living.

Colorado Springs is home to the Tumbleweed Tiny House Co., the largest manufacturer of the small homes. But according to Elaine Walker, one of the founders of the American Tiny House Association, Colorado is a pretty new space for tiny homes. “There are many more people who have lived in [Northern California and Portland]," she says.

There may even be competing tiny-home capitals, says Mark Stemen, a professor at California State University, Chico, who taught a class on tiny homes. “I’m seeing them up and down the West Coast,” he says. “Everyone wants to be the capital.” Cities like Seattle, Austin, and Asheville, NC, as well as central Florida, are giving Colorado Springs a run for its money, Walker says.

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