From Wheat Ridge to Arvada: Which Colorado Community is Right for You?

Discover which of this state’s beautiful suburbs is right for you.

Nicknamed the Centennial State, Colorado is a mountain state known for its vivid landscape. Denver and its neighboring cities and suburbs are densely populated and are where most people look to settle down with their families or relocate for a job. Which of these three suburbs is right for you?

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Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge is on the lighter side of suburbia. With a population of over 31,000, Wheat Ridge is the perfect place to consider moving to whether you are a growing family, a young professional, or a retiree. Its public schools are above average, including schools such as Dennison Elementary and D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School. The median home value is roughly around $340,400 and the median rent is just over $1,000. There are also several bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. And if you need to take public transportation, the Regional Transportation District has bus routes that cross through town that can take you to the closest metro station.

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Golden is a suburb in Denver with a population of almost 21,000. Most residents own their own homes rather than rent. The median home value in Golden is roughly $485,800, while the median rent is around $1,300 per month. Employment in Golden is just above average with a median household income of around $66,344 based on employment rates, business growth, and cost of living. Golden is close enough to Wheat Ridge that they actually share a school district, including D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, which is the second-best public high school in Colorado. There is also Manning Options School, the local middle school.

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Arvada is the biggest city on our list, with a population of over 115,000. More than half of residents own their homes rather than rent. The median home value is roughly $420,000, while the median rent is just below $2,200 per month. The median income is just over $75,000. Like the prior two suburbs, the local school district includes D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, which is the top-rated high school around and the second-best high school in Colorado. Arvada was one of the hottest neighborhoods to watch in 2020, gaining the city national attention. The city is expanding in many ways, including a commuter train that was finally put into place in 2019 that connects Arvada to Mile High City. There are also over 125 miles of hiking trails throughout the city.

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