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Overview

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)

Demographics

People

Total Population113,532
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+60,208
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married53.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.9%
Median Earnings25+$44,259
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,537
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,412

Wealth

Median Family Income$87,422
% Above Poverty Level92.9%
% Below Poverty Level7.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone26.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,139
Median House Value$278,100

Ancestry

German23.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.7%
Irish14.1%
English11.6%
Italian7.9%
Swedish3.4%
Norwegian3.1%
Scottish3%
French Except Basque2.8%
Polish2.6%
Dutch1.9%
Russian1.3%
Welsh1%
Danishn0.8%
Czech0.8%
Canadian0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Greek0.3%
Arab0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
African0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Arvada Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes80002, 80004, 80007, 80003, 80005, 80403
P.O. Box Zip Codes80001, 80006
Phone Area Codes303, 720
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude39.82
Approximate Longitude-105.1

Arvada Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWHEAT RIDGE 2
Distance2.7 miles
Jan Temp16 to 47 F
Apr Temp32 to 62 F
Jul Temp55 to 88 F
Oct Temp33 to 68 F
Annual Precip18.1 inches
StationLAKEWOOD
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp13 to 44 F
Apr Temp30 to 59 F
Jul Temp55 to 86 F
Oct Temp32 to 65 F
Annual Precip17 inches
StationBRIGHTON 3 SE
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 41 F
Apr Temp33 to 62 F
Jul Temp56 to 88 F
Oct Temp33 to 67 F
Annual Precip14.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Denver663,303$71,913
Edgewater5,278$52,448
Federal Heights12,173$41,889
Lakewood149,793$73,708
Westminster111,770$82,303
Wheat Ridge31,044$65,377

Arvada Public Schools

Lawrence Elementary School
5611 Zephyr Street
ZIP: 80002
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Arvada K-8
5751 Balsam Street
ZIP: 80002
Primary
Total Enrollment 649
Drake Junior High School
12550 West 52nd Avenue
ZIP: 80002
Middle
Total Enrollment 656
Foster Elementary School
5300 Saulsbury Court
ZIP: 80002
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Swanson Elementary School
6055 West 68th Avenue
ZIP: 80003
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Secrest Elementary School
6875 West 64th Avenue
ZIP: 80003
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Hackberry Hill Elementary School
7300 West 76th Avenue
ZIP: 80003
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Early College Of Arvada
4905 West 60th Avenue
ZIP: 80003
Other
Total Enrollment 286
Little Elementary School
8448 Otis Drive
ZIP: 80003
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Tennyson Knolls Elementary School
6330 Tennyson Street
ZIP: 80003
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
North Arvada Middle School
7285 Pierce Street
ZIP: 80003
Middle
Total Enrollment 420
Two Roads Charter School
6980 Pierce Street
ZIP: 80003
Other
Total Enrollment 555
Thomson Elementary School
7750 Harlan Street
ZIP: 80003
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Parr Elementary School
5800 West 84th Avenue
ZIP: 80003
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
Campbell Elementary School
6500 Oak Street
ZIP: 80004
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Fitzmorris Elementary School
6250 Independence Street
ZIP: 80004
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Allendale Elementary School
5900 Oak Street
ZIP: 80004
Primary
Total Enrollment 224
Arvada High School
7951 West 65th Avenue
ZIP: 80004
High
Total Enrollment 896
Vanderhoof Elementary School
5875 Routt Court
ZIP: 80004
Primary
Total Enrollment 470
Arvada West High School
11595 Allendale Drive
ZIP: 80004
High
Total Enrollment 1746
Stott Elementary School
6600 Yank Way
ZIP: 80004
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
Peck Elementary School
6495 Carr Street
ZIP: 80004
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Warren Tech North
11325 Allendale Drive
ZIP: 80004
High
Total Enrollment 7
Fremont Elementary School
6420 Urban
ZIP: 80004
Primary
Total Enrollment 351
Lincoln Charter Academy
7180 Oak Street
ZIP: 80004
Primary
Total Enrollment 656
Warder Elementary School
7840 Carr Drive
ZIP: 80005
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Excel Academy Charter School
11500 W. 84th Ave
ZIP: 80005
Other
Total Enrollment 518
Sierra Elementary School
7751 Oak Street
ZIP: 80005
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Weber Elementary School
8725 West 81st Place
ZIP: 80005
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Van Arsdale Elementary School
7535 Alkire Street
ZIP: 80005
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Ralston Valley Senior High School
13355 West 80th Avenue
ZIP: 80005
High
Total Enrollment 1827
Meiklejohn Elementary
13405 W 83rd Pl
ZIP: 80005
Primary
Total Enrollment 800
Moore Middle School
8455 West 88th Avenue
ZIP: 80005
Middle
Total Enrollment 481
Pomona High School
8101 West Pomona Drive
ZIP: 80005
High
Total Enrollment 1447
Oberon Junior High School
7300 Quail Street
ZIP: 80005
Middle
Total Enrollment 568
West Woods Elementary School
16650 West 72nd Avenue
ZIP: 80007
Primary
Total Enrollment 658

Arvada Private Schools

Shrine Of St Anne School
7320 Grant Pl
ZIP: 80002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 374
St Joan Of Arc Early Learning Center
12735 W 58th Ave
ZIP: 80002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
Faith Christian Academy
12189 W 64th Ave
ZIP: 80004
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1000
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