Introduction to Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Wheat Ridge, Colorado, in Jefferson county, is 2 miles S of Arvada, Colorado and 5 miles W of Denver, Colorado. The city is located in the Denver metropolitan area. Wheat Ridge has a population of 32,913.

Wheat Ridge History

Wheat Ridge was founded by prospectors in 1859. Initially, Wheat Ridge was a farming community that supported Denver and other neighboring mining communities. The community named Whest Ridge because of the wheat crop that was grown here. Wheat Ridge faced threats of annexation by surrounding counties, which led to its incorporation as a city in August of 1969.

Wheat Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • Wheat Ridge Historical Park
  • Colorado Governor's Mansion
  • Lakewood's Heritage Center
  • Children's Museum of Denver
  • Colorado's Ocean Journey
  • Denver Zoo

Things To Do In Wheat Ridge

While in Wheat Ridge, one can visit historic sites like the Colorado Governor's Mansion, the Colorado State Capitol, the Denver Mint and the Wheat Ridge Historical Park. The Children's Museum of Denver showcases exhibits designed especially for children under the age of 8. The Lakewood Heritage Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art- Denver, the Colorado History Museum and the Museum of Western Art are also close by. One can also enjoy a number of recreational activities during a stay in the city.

Wheat Ridge Transportation

Denver International is the nearest major airport.

Wheat Ridge Higher Education

Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Regis University, Red Rocks Community College, the Colorado School of Mines and Front Range Community College are all close by.


Total Population 30,863
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 15,061
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 43.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.5%
Median Earnings25+ $36,825
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,164
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,896


Median Family Income $61,725
% Above Poverty Level 86.4%
% Below Poverty Level 13.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%


People Living Alone 36.9%
Median Gross Rent $861
Median House Value $256,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.7%
US/American 0%
English 11%
Irish 11.8%

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

Wheat Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Arvada, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 5 miles W of Denver, Colorado
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 80002, 80033, 80212, 80214, 80215, 80403
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80034
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.766
Longitude -105.076

Wheat Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.5 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 2.4 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 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 44 F
Apr Temp 25 to 56 F
Jul Temp 47 to 81 F
Oct Temp 27 to 62 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arvada 111,658 $85,459
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

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

Wheat Ridge Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
8300 W 38TH AVE
(303) 425-4500
Emergency Service: No

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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