Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population31,323
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens19.5%
Employed Population 16+16,516
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married45%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.6%
Median Earnings25+$39,685
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,851

Wealth

Median Family Income$72,813
% Above Poverty Level87.7%
% Below Poverty Level12.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation4.8%

Housing

People Living Alone35.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,042
Median House Value$340,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.3%
Irish13.7%
English10.4%
Italian6.6%
Swedish3.2%
Scottish2.7%
French Except Basque2.7%
Norwegian2.6%
Polish2%
Dutch1.4%
Welsh1%
Russian1%
Danishn0.7%
Czech0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Slovene0.2%
African0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Arab0.1%
Croatian0.1%
German0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Wheat Ridge Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County, Denver County
Standard Zip Codes80033, 80212, 80215, 80214
P.O. Box Zip Codes80034
Phone Area Codes303, 720
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude39.77
Approximate Longitude-105.09

Wheat Ridge 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
Distance0.5 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
Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp13 to 44 F
Apr Temp30 to 59 F
Jul Temp55 to 86 F
Oct Temp32 to 65 F
Annual Precip17 inches
StationEVERGREEN
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp10 to 44 F
Apr Temp25 to 56 F
Jul Temp47 to 81 F
Oct Temp27 to 62 F
Annual Precip19.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arvada117,251$99,993
Denver693,417$81,452
Edgewater5,334$63,250
Federal Heights12,645$44,411
Lakewood153,522$82,532
Westminster112,747$90,063

Wheat Ridge Hospitals

Lutheran Medical Center
(Non-profit)
8300 W 38th Ave
(303) 425-4500

Wheat Ridge Public Schools

Compass Montessori - Wheat Ridge Charter School
10399 West 44th Avenue
ZIP: 80033
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
Everitt Middle School
3900 Kipling Street
ZIP: 80033
Middle
Total Enrollment 347
Kullerstrand Elementary School
12225 West 38th Avenue
ZIP: 80033
Primary
Total Enrollment 206
Norma Anderson Preschool
10801 West 44th Avenue
ZIP: 80033
Primary
Total Enrollment 129
Pennington Elementary School
4645 Independence Street
ZIP: 80033
Primary
Total Enrollment 235
Prospect Valley Elementary School
3400 Pierson Street
ZIP: 80033
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Stevens Elementary School
4001 Reed Street
ZIP: 80033
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
Wheat Ridge 5-8
7101 West 38th Avenue
ZIP: 80033
Middle
Total Enrollment 534
Wheat Ridge High School
9505 West 32nd Avenue
ZIP: 80033
High
Total Enrollment 1274
Wilmore Davis Elementary School
7975 West 41st Avenue
ZIP: 80033
Primary
Total Enrollment 344

Wheat Ridge Private Schools

Beth Eden Baptist School
2600 Wadsworth Blvd
ZIP: 80033
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 182
Bethany Christian Montessori Preschool
10555 W 44th Ave
ZIP: 80033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Sts Peter & Paul
3920 Pierce St
ZIP: 80033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 221
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