Introduction to Arvada, Colorado

Arvada is a Colorado city located in the counties of Jefferson and Adams, only 8 miles from the state capital of Denver. The city is accessible to three interstate highways (I-70, I-76 and I-25) and is also serviced by Colorado State Highway 58. Surrounding communities include Westminster (to the north), Golden (to the west), and Lakewood (to the south).

The origins of Arvada can be traced back to 1850, when traveling prospector Lewis Ralston made an unexpected gold discovery in a local mountain stream. The stream later became known as Ralston Creek and by 1859 other rich strikes in the same mountains led to the Colorado gold rush. An influx of gold miners led to a subsequent influx of farmers eager to irrigate the fertile soil and sell their crops to the prospectors. By 1870, a railroad appeared near the settlement and the new town of Arvada was formed, named by one of its early settlers (Mary Wadsworth) after her brother-in-law. Arvada was officially incorporated in 1904.

Arvada Attractions

Arvada has over 3,000 acres of parks and trails. In addition, the city offers a wide variety of artistic and cultural options for residents and visitors to enjoy. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities provides numerous cultural events and performances along with classes and exhibitions. Included are award-winning plays and musicals, concerts, classical and contemporary dance performances, and hundreds of arts and humanities classes each year. The Arvada Festival Playhouse began in 1874 as a gathering place for local farmers known as the Clear Creek Grange. In 1962 the building was turned into a theatre. Today the Playhouse serves as the home of the Players Guild, a group of talented community actors and actresses dedicated to providing the public with live entertainment. Lovers of the outdoors can enjoy Arvada's Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park. The 3,000 square foot Nature Center features interactive displays, wildlife exhibits, and more. The park spans over 80 acres of lakes, wetlands, trails, and an assortment of wildlife. Annual events in Arvada include the yearly Harvest Festival, held every September in the city's Olde Town area. The Festival, a city institution since 1925, recalls the time when Arvada was primarily a farming community. Jefferson County and its surroundings have plenty of other attractions within short driving distance from Arvada. These include the following:

  • Lakeside Amusement Park
  • Coors Brewery
  • Dinosaur Ridge
  • Bandimere Speedway
  • Astor House Museum
  • Boettcher Mansion
  • Buffalo Bill's Grave & Museum
  • Golden DAR Pioneer Museum
  • Hiwan Homestead Museum
  • Morrison Natural History Museum
  • Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Arvada's close proximity to the City of Denver gives sports fans access to plenty of major league action. Some of Denver's professional sports teams include:

  • Denver Broncos (National Football League)
  • Denver Nuggets (National Basketball Association)
  • Colorado Rockies (Major League Baseball)
  • Colorado Avalanche (National Hockey League)
  • Colorado Mammoth (National Lacrosse League)
  • Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer)


Total Population 111,658
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 58,639
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 53%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.6%
Median Earnings25+ $42,980
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,116
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,473


Median Family Income $85,459
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $1,059
Median House Value $257,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.8%
Irish 14.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arvada Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 80002, 80003, 80004, 80005, 80007, 80021, 80403
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80001, 80006
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.802
Longitude -105.086

Arvada Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 47 F
Apr Temp 32 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 88 F
Oct Temp 33 to 68 F
Annual Precip 18.1 inches
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 44 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 41 F
Apr Temp 33 to 62 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 33 to 67 F
Annual Precip 14.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Arvada, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Blackhawk (80403)

Rollinsville (80403)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Denver 649,654 $69,783
Edgewater 5,237 $58,292
Federal Heights 12,037 $40,990
Lakewood 147,836 $70,510
Westminster 110,598 $80,079
Wheat Ridge 30,863 $61,725

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 21

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

Serves 1,325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

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