Highlands Ranch

Population: 106,596Median home value: $376,000Find homes for sale 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
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
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 moderately-sized city with a population of 106,596 inhabitants. With a population density of 4,392 people per square mile, Highlands Ranch is well above the nation's average density level. At 89%, the majority of the Highlands Ranch population is White; this is followed by 6% Asian and 1% Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 85% of the population considered married and 44% with kids under the age of 18, Highlands Ranch could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Highlands Ranch, Colorado could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Highlands Ranch and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Highlands Ranch to Colorado and the national average.

With a livability score of 76 out of 100, Highlands Ranch is ranked #4,430 in the United States and #27 in Colorado. This is a phenomenal score, as Highlands Ranch ranks well in multiple categories! If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Highlands Ranch has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B+), employment (A-) and housing (B-). Unfortunately for Highlands Ranch, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

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. The median home price for Highlands Ranch homes is $376,000, which is 42.1% higher than the Colorado average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Highlands Ranch, we’ll see that 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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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Highlands Ranch, CO

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dayton Triangle, Aurora7911.27,850
Saddle Rock Golf Club, Aurora7613.37,038
Meadow Hills, Aurora7610.86,085
Side Creek, Aurora73155,691
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Heather Gardens, Aurora7311.55,227
Rocky Ridge, Aurora7213.85,863
Meadow Wood, Aurora7212.35,390
Aurora Highlands, Aurora7214.211,997

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
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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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Columbine Valley, CO785.21,190
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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).
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