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Overview

Introduction to Littleton, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado, in Arapahoe county, is 7 miles SE of Lakewood, Colorado and 8 miles S of Denver, Colorado. The city is considered part of the Denver metropolitan area.

Littleton History

Prehistoric men once inhabited this area. Their settlements date back to about 7,000 B.C. A prehistoric site of early hunters was discovered at Lamb Springs, two miles southwest of Littleton, by Charles Lamb in 1960. The Spanish military expedition of Pedro de Villasur to this area took place in 1720. From 1770 to 1800, Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes of Native Americans migrated to this region. Fur trappers and traders frequented the area in the early and mid 19th century. The community was named after one of the early settlers, Richard Sullivan Little. The local economy shifted from agriculture to manufacturing during World War II. Plants grown here were used for the production of pneumatics, munitions and aerospace products.

Littleton and nearby Attractions

  • Littleton Historical Museum
  • Alpha Omega Amusements
  • Broadway Estates Shopping Center
  • Chatfield Golf Course
  • Centennial Racetrack
  • Brookridge Park

Things To Do In Littleton

For those interested in the regional history and culture, a visit to the Littleton Historical Museum may prove interesting. The city of Littleton also offers a range of recreational facilities, including a race track and a golf course. In addition, the city hosts the Colorado Irish Festival and the Denver Art Affair every July.

Littleton Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Buckley AFB Airport.

Littleton Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by the Arapahoe Community College. One can also enroll at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School or the Red Rocks Community College.

People

Total Population 44,553
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 23,081
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.5%
Median Earnings25+ $44,577
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,065
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,207

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,790
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 5.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,008
Median House Value $284,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.5%
US/American 0%
English 13.6%
Irish 15.4%

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

Littleton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SE of Lakewood, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles S of Denver, Colorado
County Arapahoe
Standard Zip Codes 80120, 80121, 80122, 80123, 80124, 80125, 80126, 80127, 80128, 80129, 80130
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80160, 80161, 80162, 80163
Company Zip Codes 80165, 80166
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.613
Longitude -105.016

Littleton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station CHERRY CREEK DAM
Distance 9.8 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
Station KASSLER
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 46 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 58 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 67 F
Annual Precip 18 inches
Station STRONTIA SPRINGS DAM
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 42 F
Apr Temp 28 to 60 F
Jul Temp 51 to 85 F
Oct Temp 29 to 66 F
Annual Precip 21 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Centennial (80121, 80122, 80161)

Lonetree (80124)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bow Mar 1,045 $175,536
Columbine Valley 1,164 $151,500
Englewood 31,877 $55,444
Greenwood Village 14,920 $165,813
Lakewood 147,836 $70,510
Sheridan 5,912 $40,256

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

Littleton Public Libraries

Library
Littleton/bemis Public Library
6014 S. DATURA ST.
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 795-3961
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Littleton Hospitals

CENTURA HEALTH-LITTLETON ADVENTIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
7700 S BROADWAY
(303) 730-8900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Littleton High Schools

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ARAPAHOE HIGH SCHOOL
2201 EAST DRY CREEK ROAD
303-347-6000
Serves 2,178 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

CHATFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
7227 SOUTH SIMMS STREET
303-982-3670
Serves 2,109 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL
1401 WEST GEDDES AVENUE
303-347-7600
Serves 1,883 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL
6201 SOUTH PIERCE STREET
303-982-4400
Serves 1,729 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL
199 EAST LITTLETON BLVD
303-347-7700
Serves 1,710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

DAKOTA RIDGE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
13399 WEST COAL MINE AVENUE
303-982-1970
Serves 1,631 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

COLLEGIATE CHARTER ACADEMY
8420 SOUTH SANGRE DE CRISTO RD
303-972-7433
A Charter School.
Serves 502 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

PLUM CREEK ACADEMY DAY TREATMENT
8236 CARDER COURT
303-387-6075
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

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