Highlands Ranch

Population: 106,596Median home value: $376,000 76 Ranks better than 84% of areas

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A+ Highlands Ranch Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Highlands Ranch Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% higher than Colorado
Highlands Ranch
13030% more expensive than the US average
Colorado
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Highlands Ranch cost of living
B+ Highlands Ranch Crime Total crime is 34% lower than Colorado
Total crime
2,04026% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5026% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Highlands Ranch crime
A- Highlands Ranch Employment Household income is 78% higher than Colorado
Median household income
$111,332101% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$47,29559% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%48% lower than the US average
Highlands Ranch employment
B- Highlands Ranch Housing Home value is 42% higher than Colorado
Median home value
$376,000104% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,62471% higher than the US average
Home ownership
80%26% higher than the US average
Highlands Ranch real estate or Highlands Ranch rentals
C Highlands Ranch Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Colorado
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
48%2% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:113% higher than the US average
Highlands Ranch K-12 schools

Living in Highlands Ranch, CO

Highlands Ranch, Colorado is a mid-sized city with a population of 106,596 inhabitants. In Highlands Ranch, there are 4,392 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. At 89%, the majority of the Highlands Ranch population is White; this is followed by 6% Asian and 1% Black. 85% of the people in Highlands Ranch (over the age of 15) are married and 44% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Highlands Ranch, Colorado could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Highlands Ranch and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment and other important metrics.

Using data and statistics Highlands Ranch has received a livability score of 76 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 84th percentile when compared to all other cities. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Highlands Ranch could be a great choice! For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Highlands Ranch ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (B+), employment (A-) and housing (B-). The bad news for Highlands Ranch, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Highlands Ranch on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Assuming that Highlands Ranch meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Highlands Ranch. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Highlands Ranch are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Highlands Ranch come in at $376,000, which is 42.1% higher than the Colorado average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Highlands Ranch, the home price to income ratio is 3.4, which is 19% lower than the Colorado average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Highlands Ranch will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Highlands Ranch, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.4%.

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Compare Highlands Ranch, CO Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Highlands Ranch, CO

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dayton Triangle, Aurora7911.27,850
Saddle Rock Golf Club, Aurora7613.37,038
Meadow Hills, Aurora7510.86,085
Heather Gardens, Aurora7311.55,227
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Aurora Highlands, Aurora7214.211,997
Side Creek, Aurora72155,691
Meadow Wood, Aurora7212.35,390
Rocky Ridge, Aurora7113.85,863

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Glendale CDP, CO8611.478
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Superior, CO8328.812,928
Seven Hills, CO8339.198
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Pine Brook Hill, CO8238.71,091
Louisville, CO793119,972
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GREAT PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY

Attractions6/10
Community10/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping6/10
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

Attractions8/10
Community9/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping8/10
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).
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