Introduction to Federal Heights, Colorado

Federal Heights, Colorado, in Adams county, is 1 mile SW of Thornton, Colorado and 7 miles N of Denver, Colorado. The city is included in the Denver metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 12,065 people lived in Federal Heights.

Federal Heights History

Harvey Larsen was the first permanent settler of this city. He worked for the Colorado & Southern Railroad and purchased 2.5 acres of land in this area. He went on to open the first business establishment in the area in the form of a grocery and supplies store. Federal Heights was officially incorporated as town in 1940.

Federal Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Water World
  • Denver Zoo
  • Lakeside Amusement Park
  • Ocean Journey
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Elmwood Park

Things To Do In Federal Heights

The Highland Hills Park and Recreation District offers world class recreational opportunities. Water World, which is one of the largest family water parks in America, is located here and offers an array of exciting aquatic activities for children and adults. Highland Hills is also home to a nationally reputed golf course. There are 29 sports fields, 27 parks covering an area of 424 acres, several community centers, tennis and racquetball courts, a skate park and 3 outdoor swimming pools in Federal Heights as well.

Federal Heights Transportation

Denver International Airport is nearby.

Federal Heights Higher Education

One can pursue higher studies at Front Range Community College, Regis University and Red Rocks Community College.


Total Population 11,835
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 9.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,821
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,237
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,414
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,891


Median Family Income $40,700
% Above Poverty Level 81.3%
% Below Poverty Level 18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 5.5%


People Living Alone 28.8%
Median Gross Rent $893
Median House Value $34,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.9%
Irish 10.5%

Federal Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles SW of Thornton, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Adams
Standard Zip Codes 80221, 80234, 80260
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.851
Longitude -104.998

Federal Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 44 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Distance 9.4 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 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 45 F
Apr Temp 31 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 90 F
Oct Temp 34 to 68 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arvada 109,800 $83,150
Commerce City 48,792 $69,359
Edgewater 5,217 $55,431
Northglenn 37,075 $62,982
Thornton 124,707 $74,777
Westminster 109,296 $78,565
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Federal Heights High Schools

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Serves 1,308 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

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