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  • Arvada has a Livability Score of 76/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Arvada crime rates are 8% higher than the Colorado average
  • Cost of living in Arvada is 1% lower than the Colorado average
  • Arvada real estate prices are 5% higher than the Colorado average
  • Rental prices in Arvada are 8% higher than the Colorado average

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      Arvada, CO

      Situated off of Interstate 70, Arvada is one of the top cities in Colorado for families. Its easy access to Denver makse it a good choice for professionals who work in Colorado's capital city. Home prices in Arvada are slightly higher than in other nearby communities, but that is just a testament to the desirability of the area. Arvada gives residents easy access to all of the outdoor wonders that are readily accessible in the Denver area. Escaping to the ski resorts only takes about one hour from your front door from this lovely city.

      Arvada holds a special place in Colorado state history as the site of the first gold strike. Those who were looking to strike it rich flocked to the city in droves to settle a thriving community. In fact, the area was home to the first King Scoopers grocery store. The popular chain now has several locations in the city to meet the needs of shoppers. Mark VII Equipment Company is one of the area's top employers. Elements Massage is another highly rated company to work for that provides much needed services to the active population of Arvada.

      Arvada is the home of the Colorado Train Museum. This attraction is a hit with young children and adults alike as it lets you get up close to a decommissioned locomotive that once carried important provisions all around the Rocky Mountains. Water World is a nearby water park that has a good selection of water slides, pools, and lounge chairs where you can soak up some sun. Clear Creek has been a favorite destination for many in Arvada since their childhood. The area is home to some of the best rafting, fishing, and camping in the Denver area.

      The Regional Transportation District is the largest provider of public transportation in the city. They operate a fleet of busses and shuttles that serve a number of fixed-routes throughout the day. In addition to this option, Lyft and Uber drivers are also pretty easy to track down in Arvada. Traffic is not typically a problem in the city thanks to its relatively small population of over 115,000 residents.

      Olde Town Arvada, Cameo Heights, and Lake Arbor are a few of the areas that should likely be near the top of your search as you begin to look for a home to purchase or lease. Each of the neighborhoods offers some unique amenities and perks that are hard to find elsewhere. They also offer access to some of the city's top schools. In general, Arvada offers one of the better public school experiences in the entire state thanks to a large tax base from which teachers are paid competitive salaries.

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      My wife and I stopped in Arvada Colorado last year, and had the opportunity to spend a little time there. Arvada is nestled at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Be sure to plan on being there before dark to see the beautiful mountain sunset. Being a history lover I was excited to visit the historic downtown area, and to learn that Arvada was the first place in Colorado to have gold discovered. The find was on Ralston Creek, where a spot of land has been set aside to honor the discovery.

      This is by no means a gold rush town. The city of Arvada is a modern city, with all the luxuries you would expect to find in such a place. Arvada hosts attractions and festivals all year long, with themes ranging from chocolate to scare crows. Arvada also houses over 125 mile of bicycle and walking trails. These trails connect with others that can take you west to the Rocky Mountains or east to Denver.

      Located in the midst of several major highways and right on the Amtrak rails makes the city more than convenient to stop in. I promise you won't be disappointed with your stay in Arvada.
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      Source: The Arvada, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).