Living in Highlands Ranch Colorado
Highlands Ranch is a 22,000-acre master-planned community located in the North-West portion of unincorporated Douglas County. The community has a population of approximately 97,000 in 29,000 single family homes and 3,289 apartments. Highlands Ranch is an upper-middle class community located 12 miles south of Denver along C-470 and approximately one mile west of Interstate 25 (I-25) This location provides easy access to transportation (Denver International Airport, regional light rail), the mountains, Denver, Boulder, Aurora and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas.
Working families in Highlands Ranch enjoy the ability to live and work in their community. Highlands Ranch was selected by BusinessWeek as one of its Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010. With uncongested commutes and access to an abundance of parks, trails, sports, entertainment and four recreation centers, Highlands Ranch provides the perfect environment for that important work-life balance.
By the Numbers
|Median Household Income||$104,375|
|Average Home Value||$362,232|
More than 1,000 acres of land are designated for corporate headquarters, office, industrial, commercial, and other business uses. These properties will be able to accommodate a total of seven million square feet of commercial development. Over two million square feet of office, commercial, and industrial space have been built. Highlands Ranch is currently home to more than 2,000 businesses employing in excess of 19,000 people, many of who live right in the community.
Being an unincorporated entity, the area enjoys one of the lower tax rates of 5.1% in Metro Denver.
Highlands Ranch is currently served by 18 public elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools within the highly acclaimed Douglas County School District. A strong emphasis on education is a time-honored tradition in Douglas County.
The Highlands Ranch Christian School and Cherry Hills Community Church both offer private elementary schools and Valor Christian High School that serve the community. Highlands Ranch is just minutes away from a variety of higher and continuing-education opportunities including Arapahoe Community College, the University of Denver, Metropolitan State College and the University of Colorado-Denver campus.
Peace of mind comes with knowing that excellent state-of-the-art hospitals (Littleton Adventist and Skyridge Medical Center), medical offices, and specialty facilities are located within Highlands Ranch and nearby communities to meet residents’ health needs. Highlands Ranch is also the home of the Wind Crest and VI retirement communities. They can provide residency for senior family members relocating to be closer to their families