Parker 88 Exceptional
Parker Livability #5 ranked city in Colorado#471 ranked city in the USARanks better than 98% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Parker Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Parker Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than Colorado
12323% more expensive than the US average
11111% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Parker cost of living
A Parker Crime Total crime is 51% lower than Colorado
Total crime
1,60032% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6332% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
4%Year over year crime is up
Parker crime
B+ Parker Employment Household income is 63% higher than Colorado
Median household income
$101,96984% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$39,86934% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%33% lower than the US average
Parker employment
B Parker Housing Home value is 25% higher than Colorado
Median home value
$330,80079% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,35042% higher than the US average
Home ownership
78%23% higher than the US average
Parker real estate or Parker rentals
A+ Parker Schools HS graduation rate is 11% higher than Colorado
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:110% higher than the US average
Parker K-12 schools
A+ Parker User Ratings There are a total of 11 ratings in Parker
Overall user rating
86% 11 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
89% 10 total surveys
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      Living in Parker, CO

      Located in the state of Colorado, Parker is a medium-sized city with a population of 48,442 people. The majority of Parker residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Parker has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 85% of the population is classified as married and 42% have kids.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Parker is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Colorado, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Parker and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, weather, employment and other important metrics.

      With a livability score of 78 out of 100, Parker is ranked #2,791 in the United States and #16 in Colorado. Clearly, Parker is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. This city is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Parker has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), employment (B+) and housing (B). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Parker. The following was graded with a discouraging score: cost of living (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Parker, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: The Wildlife Experience, H2O'Brien Pool, and Elk Mountain Brewing.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Parker has a violent crime rate of 148 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Parker can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Parker is real estate affordability. The median home price for Parker homes is $330,800, which is 25% higher than the Colorado average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Parker, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 23.8% lower than the Colorado average. Real estate appreciation rates in Parker 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 Parker homes comes in at 4.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 8.9%.

      Parker transportation information

      Average one way commute27min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.4%75.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.4%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.4%3.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%1.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.7%3.0%2.8%
      Working from home7.7%7.0%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Parker, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).