Castle Rock

Population: 53,789Median home value: $328,700 73 Ranks better than 74% of areas
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A+ Castle Rock Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Castle Rock Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than Colorado
Castle Rock
12222% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Castle Rock cost of living
A+ Castle Rock Crime Total crime is 44% lower than Colorado
Total crime
1,72437% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5937% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
11%Year over year crime is up
Castle Rock crime
B Castle Rock Employment Household income is 49% higher than Colorado
Median household income
$93,15368% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,61029% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%38% lower than the US average
Castle Rock employment
C+ Castle Rock Housing Home value is 24% higher than Colorado
Median home value
$328,70078% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,30738% higher than the US average
Home ownership
76%20% higher than the US average
Castle Rock real estate or Castle Rock rentals
F Castle Rock Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Colorado
High school grad. rates
95%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
34%30% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
76:1376% higher than the US average
Castle Rock K-12 schools

Living in Castle Rock, CO

Located in the state of Colorado, Castle Rock is a medium-sized city with a population of 53,789 residents. According to the most recent Census, 92% of Castle Rock residents are White, 2% Asian and 1% Black. Castle Rock is known to be family friendly as more than 84% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 45% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Castle Rock could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Colorado if you know where to search. The best areas in Castle Rock and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Colorado and national averages.

Castle Rock has a livability score of 73 out of 100 and is ranked #54 in Colorado and #7,369 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Castle Rock has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A+) and employment (B). Castle Rock does not fare well for the following: cost of living (F) and education (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Castle Rock, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Castle Rock: Outlets at Castle Rock, Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, and The Ridge at Castle Pines North.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Castle Rock gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 91 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Castle Rock real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Castle Rock. The median home price for Castle Rock homes is $328,700, which is 24.2% higher than the Colorado average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Castle Rock, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 16.7% lower than the Colorado average. Real estate appreciation rates in Castle Rock are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Castle Rock homes comes in at 4.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 8%.

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Unstoppable Growth - Those in Power Seem to do Nothing to Stop the Growth.

The powerful in Castle Rock seem to do nothing to stop the out of control growth. It seems that they actually encourage it. I moved here thinking I was getting a small town with lost of green space, but I've seen that green space built on. There seems to be nothing that can stop the out of control growth. The peaceful town you see now will be gone in ten years. Each summer I want to open my windows, but all I hear are construction vehicles.
The out of control growth could be stopped, but it seems that those who can stop it are the same who benefit from the growth.
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Castle Rock gets a big "F" because of the horrible government

I have lived in Castle Rock for well over 10 years now. Castle Rock gets a big, fat "F"! The town is nice enough, but the government is HORRIBLE! Unfortunately, the citizens have not figured out how to get the city government under they just complain.The problem is the government here thinks they know better than the citizens. They follow the "letter of the law" and pay lip service to "citizen input". But they don't give two hoots what the citizens actually think. When the citizens make their voice clear, the arrogant city officials figure out a legal way to go around what the citizens said they want. I've seen them do it again and again. Citizens vote something down, and about a year later the city sticks exactly what the citizens voted "no" on into some other piece of legislation they can use to force it through.They city holds town meetings, claiming they "want input" from citizens. What a joke! They don't want or take input -- in fact they make it very clear that the meeting is just to give information.The government regularly runs rough-shot over citizen rights in pursuit of their master growth plans. They have entirely destroyed entire neighborhoods from a livability perspective, because they care more about their plans then the citizens who live in those neighborhoods.Move here, and you will get to know the "water Nazis" -- not a term I made up. It is what basically everyone in Castle Rock calls them. Move here and you will find out that Tabor law need not apply -- the town will figure out some way or other to tax the daylights out of you and at the same time get around Tabor. Move here and you might learn how crooked town officials leverage their weight for personal gain (I know somebody personally who was prevented from building his custom home because a town official simply did not like the ranch-style floor plan he intended to build...she didn't think it would "fit" in her neighborhood!). Move here and you will find out Castle Rock disagrees with the rest of Colorado on how food should not be taxed.Best of all, if you come to Castle Rock you will get a big dose of Castle Rock propaganda handed to you by the city spin doctors. They even produce a magazine that tells you how great it is to live in Castle Rock! If you are in the know, you quickly see that the propaganda is full of lies! As example, Castle Rock sent out this great spin story about how they were being so fiscally responsible by re-purposing specialized reflective tape that was "left over" from another project. But anybody with the inside scoop knew that the town made a royal screw-up and purchased WAY TOO MUCH of the material for the project. Of course they did not correct their mistake, nor did they save the specialized material for the next time they actually needed it for what it is intended for.Yup, Castle Rock is a big, fat "F". I would not move here again, knowing what I now know about the government. When we are able to, we will be moving far away -- good riddance written on our back......unless the citizens can figure out some day how to quit complaining about the government officials, and actually fix them (we have tried to recall town council multiple times, unsuccessfully).
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Bring a lot of money

I have lived in CR since 1982. I had a 3-bedroom apartment for $250. Prices now are $1,700 for a 2-bedroom. There were approx. 9,000 people and now over 55,000 and new developments are booming. It is said that the median price for a home is $283,000. Try to find one. The lowest price for a house is in the high $300's and they are tiny. We are leaving CR because we, as a retired couple, can no longer afford to live here. The CR I loved no longer exists. Crime is low, amenities are high and the cost of living has pushed us out. If you have an income of over $100,000, you will probably do well here if you are frugal. Traffic now rivals Denver. If you like gridlock when you drive, you have come to the right place.
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My first 6 month experience in CR

Hello... My husband and I have moved in CR on July 2016. We were excited to start fresh to have life there. The reasons are we wanted to be away from big, dirty, noisy and crowded people living in Denver. CR was something I wanted to live in a quiet town with good and supposed friendly people.Also I wanted to get away from bad people (in Denver and Boulder) who treated us poorly..My husband have a decent job in CR. I got hired to work at King Soopers in Castle Pines on Oct. 2016.Seeing the mountains are very beautiful but I don't like town being growing so quickly.. new roads, new stores, new highways, new Apt..etc.. That is starting to be more like in Denver. Very disappointing. Houses are too close and too close to the stores unfortunately. I expected to live in a small town with less houses, Apt, and stores, even roads..I tried to apply to work at King Soopers (now open in May) in Castle Rock because I live in CR but I was told that I am denied.. I still work at King Soopers in Castle Pines from Oct. 2016 to present which is May 2017), some people aren't so nice, that's why I found myself that I am NOT happy here. We are considering move back to Denver, find a different job and new home or move to California possibly... Please don't move to CR unless you are fit in with these people who treat you well. Get to know CR first before move to CR, that's my tip for you. Get yourself a date to visit in CR and learn their backgrounds. That would save your time, money and energy.. Good luck!
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Castle Rock is perfect for our family, Honest Review

We moved to CR in 2004 to the Meadows Neighborhood. As a mother to 4 kids, (ages: 12-2) and originally from the mid west, I wanted a nice/safe community to raise our kids. After doing our research, we realized this town was an up and coming community on the brink of something great! We knew the community would be growing soon and were excited for what the future would bring. We chose a home w/a large backyard and walking distance to schools. My husband didn't want to move so far south to this small town but he loved the easy I-25 access as he works in technology. He's worked in both Colorado Springs/Downtown Denver. Also, we knew the Town had plans to continue to grow and thrive so we had the best of both worlds: Great hometown feel/residents with future plans to grow as needed. This is an active community where you will daily see people jogging/walking/bike riding/exercising throughout the neighborhoods. As Colorado is known for, its a melting pot of people from all over the United States, I've enjoyed meeting people from all over the country. Most of the people are very friendly and happy here. Seems like everyone has kids and pets. Great golf courses and bike paths throughout the town. The schools are great! I have 3 older children who have graduated and one still in HS. All 3 received athletic/academic scholarships, oldest is in medical school now. They all had several awesome teachers that encouraged/motivated them. If you have raised good/respectful children, they will excel in this school system. The town is full of beautiful parks, trails, and tons of hometown entertainment. We are so happy we moved here and continue to call Castle Rock our home. To make this a fair review, I'll add things that are not perfect, but we are able to live with. Nightlife: Singles probably won't find this town too appealing unless they are super athletic/outdoor lover. We have some great brewpubs/bars but no dance clubs, and live music is played on occasion at local places. But we do have great community events (street parties) all summer long in the downtown area. In my opinion....the community is made up of mostly families (70%), grandparents (25%) and young adults (5%) who still live at home or going to college. Restaurant Variety is lacking: I wish we had more restaurants to choose from, we often go to Lone Tree for dinner for more variety, however, the new Promenade Mall will bring more eating options. The local family/owned restaurants are awesome and I can't go anywhere in town w/o running into a neighbor, school parent, etc who has a huge smile & kind words to say. Traffic is of course bad now due to construction, but it will soon be finished...I just take a back way to get around it now. It's really not a biggie to me. Anyway, all in all this Town is a great place to raise your family and to retire. Our seniors here are amazingly active people who are well educated and love our town. Many grandparents are relocating to be closer to their families who move here. My parents are even considering moving husbands not too happy about that Anyway, we are very happy here. If you are nice & kind person, you will thrive and be very happy here. If you are miserable, unfulfilled complainer, this community will drive you nuts. Castle Rock is growing, it's booming, we are excited to be part of it!
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Pretentious and Entitled

This is the most pretentious Colorado town I've lived in. From day one, the people here were rude, entitled, and snobbish. These people think that they are better than everyone else. Their town "system" is shady and broken. The police abuse their power by intimidating people who have done nothing wrong into paying large fines/fees for the city. People are rude in stores, on the streets, anywhere adults work...I have lived in multiple other Colorado towns where people say hi on the streets and are friendly in super markets or restaurants. In Castle Rock, they are rude and self-absorbed. I have never felt so alone or out of place in this so-called "community". If money is your top priority, by all means, move here with the rest of the greedy, entitled citizens. What a horrible, horrible place. As a native Coloradoan, I am very disappointed and embarrassed that a place like this exists in this wonderful state.
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High Prices, Touristy, Not very great houses.

I have lived in Castle Rock for 12 years now, I honestly hate how close the houses are. With the new mall traffic is shit and all the good restraunts have lines out the doors. My kids HATE HATE HATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there schools. There is to many clicks and crap teachers. AVOID CASTLE ROCK MIDDLE SCHOOL AT ALL COSTS!!!! Douglas County has been great along with Mesa, But Castle View and CRMS are crap.
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Castle Rock: For The Outdoor Type

After moving to Castle Rock, CO about a decade ago from NC, I didn't think I would stay as long as I have. While here, I have seen the beauty that the area exudes. There are glorious mountains that give an amazing backdrop for pictures, and the people are so nice that you feel like you are a part of everyone's family. I live in a home that is designed like a log cabin, and being in a valley makes it easy to get a breath of fresh air while sitting on my front porch, observing nature around me.

This is an area that offers numerous outdoor activities. There are zip line tours that give a unique look at the world below. I have done one of these tours alone, but it's better if you have a few other people to do the tour with you so that you can enjoy the sights together. Rock Park is an area that might seem like the traditional park, and while there is room for children to play and families to have picnics, this is more of a park for hiking. Some of the trails lead above the park, giving a breathtaking view that seems to go for miles.

I am a person who enjoys shopping every once in a while, so I was thrilled to find that there are quite a few outlet malls to choose from. One of my favorite places is Outlets at Castle Rock. The outside looks like a building made of wood with a green trim, but inside, you will see that there are modern designs that have nothing to do with the outside of the building. You can find a little bit of everything in this mall from clothes to music.
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The town of Castle Rock Colorado has been rated in the top 10 places to live for numerous years in a row. If you are looking for a friendly town, quiet, and beautiful....Castle Rock is the Place! They take care of their residents and listen to their input on situations.

With a small downtown and antique shops, annual star lighting, and a County Fair...there are a lot of attractions and parks for kids to play at.
They recently built one of the biggest and best parks! Come and visit Castle Rock and you will not be sorry!

Once you visit, you won't want to leave!
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