Highlands Ranch, CO

Population: 106,596

Key findings

  • Highlands Ranch has a Livability Score of 85/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Highlands Ranch crime rates are 34% lower than the Colorado average
  • Cost of living in Highlands Ranch is 18% higher than the Colorado average
  • Highlands Ranch real estate prices are 42% higher than the Colorado average
  • Rental prices in Highlands Ranch are 54% higher than the Colorado average

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      Highlands Ranch, CO

      Highlands Ranch is a located just outside of Denver along C470, with easy access to both C470 and I-25, a major north-south highway. Highlands Ranch has easy access to the metropolitan area as a whole and Denver itself, including the Denver Tech Center and Stapleton International Airport. There is easy highway access to Buckley Air Force Base and highway access provides a corridor into and out of the Front Range foothills, access to recreation areas in the mountains and is a gateway to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak areas.

      While many cities and towns in Colorado were founded as mining towns during and just after the Gold Rush of 1849, Highlands Ranch is a younger metropolitan area with a history based in ranching and farming. While there was some growth at the end of the 1890’s that focused on agriculture, its latest growth spurt began in the early 1980’s as a master planned community was the result of Denver’s expansion.

      While the cost of living is slightly higher than the national median, Highlands Ranch does boast views and recreational opportunities that are unequaled in many other parts of the country. Residents are able to combine the convenience of living in a metropolitan area along with a myriad of outdoor activities. These individuals have made Highlands Ranch both their home and their jumping off point for outdoor adventures. These activities include, among other activities, biking, hiking, camping and mountaineering. For some it’s an ideal world. Both nearby Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State Park are easily reached for recreational purposes while employment centers such as metropolitan Denver and the nearby Tech Center provide access to work opportunities. Numerous public parks and green beltways provide opportunities that are just outside a resident’s door.

      Highlands Ranch is unique in maintaining its independence as an unincorporated city area managed by an association, the Highlands Ranch Community Association, rather than an elected government. The HRCA is a locally run non-profit. Because of its location on C-470, a major highway in the area, there is easy access to other nearby metropolitan areas and Denver. This highway access creates a traffic corridor west to and through the Rockies, and south to Colorado Springs.

      “Local” is the best way to describe Highlands Ranch. While there are several small but local business to meet the needs of the community, there are few large business enterprises. Locals support a variety of independent enterprises, restaurants, coffee shops, and wineries and craft brewers. These range from smaller diners and cafes, burger and beer joints to pizza restaurants, family friendly restaurants, and a variety of ethnic restaurants.

      Whether you are looking for a casual or fine dining, sightseeing or rock climbing, indoor or outdoor adventure, there is something in Highlands Ranch for everyone.

      Top Rated Schools in Highlands Ranch

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Copper Mesa Elementary SchoolPK - 6517n/a
      Ranch View Middle School7 - 8863n/a
      Eagle Academy9 - 12138n/a
      Summit View Elementary SchoolPK - 6529n/a
      Cresthill Middle School7 - 8865n/a
      Arma Dei AcademyKG - 8162n/a
      Bear Canyon Elementary SchoolPK - 6509n/a
      Mountain Ridge Middle School7 - 81,151n/a
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      Highlands Ranch Reviews

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      I have lived in Highlands Ranch since 2005, and I moved to the community to raise my son as a single mother. It is much safer than most cities around Denver. Beware, the average income level for people living in this area in 2013 was $108,218 which I am sure has gone way up. The average home costs $341,100 in 2013 which has gone up to around $390K. There are tons of trails, parks, dining and easy access to the highway. On C-470 you can go 50 minutes East to Denver International Airport, or 50 minutes West to Blackhawk, CO., where there is gambling like a mini Las Vegas nestled in the mountains. If concerts, sporting events or amusement parks are your thing, we have the (RTD Light Rail) that takes you to several different places in downtown Denver. You can go to the theater district to see plays, or the Pepsi Center for games/concerts, Sports Authority Field (Broncos football games), and Elitches for thrill rides. Highlands Ranch is 81.9% white. Most neighborhoods are full of families with school age kids, but there are a few neighborhoods with mostly retired or single people like "The Villages by Oakwood" for example. Those are adorable patio style homes in a smaller, nice, quiet community that has it's own pool. That's where I live. For anyone 55+ there is an amazing retirement community that I recommend checking out called "WindCrest by Erickson Living." That place is an upscale community that resembles a 5 star resort in every way. The average cost of living there is around $1,681.00 a month for seniors. There is a large Lake very close to Highlands Ranch called Chatfield Lake where you can take your boat out on the water. We don't get that much snow, and when it snows it usually melts the next day. The roads are well taken care of in the winter months. It's generally sunny all year. It's a great place to live and it's getting more and more populated which is causing cost of living to soar in our state. If you make a good living or want to retire in a nice place with plenty to do then consider Highlands Ranch, Castle Pines, Columbine Valley or Cherry Creek. Those are all great places to live and most are envious of those who live there.
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      Highlands Ranch, CO - Great Fun For Families
      I've had the chance to stay in Highlands Ranch, CO a couple of times in the last ten years. It is a beautiful suburb of Denver. The city (CDP) is nestled up against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This means there are plenty of opportunities for people who enjoy hiking, biking, and hunting. Denver's variety of museums, nightlife, restaurants, and concerts are easily accessible from Highlands Ranch too. In fact, the drive from Highlands Ranch to Denver will only take about 30 minutes.

      Since Highlands Ranch is a suburb of Denver, there are lots of families. Highlands Ranch mainly consists of lots and lots of housing developments. There are several parks, a skate park, and a recreation center in Highlands Ranch. Also, if you are looking for good shopping, Park Meadows Mall is in Highlands Ranch. There are a couple of resevoirs nearby, so folks that enjoy watersports can enjoy boating and fishing.

      There are several good restaurants for families in Highlands Ranch. For those that like chains, The Cheesecake Factory is excellent. My family likes to go to La Villa Mexican Restaurant. The food is good, the atmosphere is family-oriented, and the margaritas are excellent!
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      Source: The Highlands Ranch, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).