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Overview

Introduction to Parker, Colorado

Parker, Colorado, in Douglas county, is 12 miles S of Aurora, Colorado. The town is located in the Denver metropolitan area.

Parker History

In 1860, a one-room shack was moved from Pine Grove to Cherry Creek to serve as a stage stop. This gradually grew into a ten-room inn, and a community was established around it over the years. By 1882, the inn had become a major stopping point for railroad travelers under the ownership of James Sample Parker. Parker went on to become the postmaster and the community was named after him. The town of Parker was officially incorporated in the year 1981.

Parker and nearby Attractions

  • Wildlife Experience Museum
  • Colorado Governor's Mansion
  • Castlewood Canyon State Park
  • Parker Cyber Station
  • Challenger Regional Park

Things To Do In Parker

From Parker, one can visit the Colorado Governor's Mansion and the Colorado State Capitol, which was built in 1908. The Denver Mint, which produced the first coins in America in 1906, is also easily accessible from the town. The Four Mile Historic Park, the Littleton Historical Museum, el Museo de las Américas, the Museum of Outdoor Arts and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum have some very interesting exhibits. The Wildlife Experience Museum has an impressive collection of wildlife art.

Parker Transportation

Buckley AFB Airport is close by.

Parker Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by the Community College of Aurora and the Emily Griffith Opportunity School.

People

Total Population 47,342
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 5.7%
Employed Population 16+ 24,690
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 65.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53.1%
Median Earnings25+ $56,119
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,650
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,264

Wealth

Median Family Income $111,144
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 18%
Median Gross Rent $1,271
Median House Value $304,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.7%
Irish 16.6%

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

Parker Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles S of Aurora, Colorado
County Douglas
Standard Zip Codes 80134, 80138
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.518
Longitude -104.76

Parker 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 PARKER 6 E
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 43 F
Apr Temp 32 to 60 F
Jul Temp 56 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 15.2 inches
Station KASSLER
Distance 18.3 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 19.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aurora 345,867 $61,186
Castle Rock 52,143 $101,310
Cherry Hills Village 6,329 $250
Foxfield 683 $117,813
Greenwood Village 14,920 $165,813
Lone Tree 12,462 $139,333

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

Parker Hospitals

PARKER ADVENTIST HOSPITAL, CENTURA HEALTH
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
9395 CROWN CREST BLVD
(303) 269-4015
Emergency Service: Yes

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PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL
7007 EAST BAYOU GULCH ROAD
303-387-4000
Serves 1,847 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL
15655 BROOKSTONE DRIVE
303-387-3500
Serves 1,758 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

DANIEL C OAKES HIGH SCHOOL
11722 DRANSFELT ROAD
303-805-0961
A Non-traditional School
Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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