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
12222% more expensive than the US average
11010% 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
1,50442% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6742% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
19%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
C- Parker Schools HS graduation rate is 11% higher than Colorado
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
45%8% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:110% higher than the US average
Parker K-12 schools or Parker colleges

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%.

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Compare Parker, CO Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Parker, CO

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dayton Triangle, Aurora7913.47,850
Tallyn's Reach, Aurora7875,259
Heritage Eagle Bend, Aurora765.72,526
Saddle Rock Golf Club, Aurora766.57,038
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Meadow Hills, Aurora7510.16,085
Heather Gardens, Aurora7311.45,227
Aurora Highlands, Aurora7212.511,997
Side Creek, Aurora7212.65,691

Best Cities Near Parker, CO

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Glendale CDP, CO8616.278
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Superior, CO8335.912,928
Seven Hills, CO8347.198
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Louisville, CO7937.719,972
Cherry Hills Village, CO7813.16,414
Greenwood Village, CO7812.315,208
Columbine Valley, CO7815.21,190
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My Experience of Parker, CO

I lived in Parker City, Colorado, and my childhood couldn't have been happier. I remember there being many activities for those who loved the outdoors. My family would always go walking through the numerous forest trails, and when I got older there were many areas where I was able to ride my bike and even ski. Parker has always been a great area for those who enjoy the outdoors. I don't every recall ever having a particularly hot summer, but the winters were always below zero.

I go back to visit my family, who still live there, every year and I am amazed at the amount of construction that has occurred over the past few years. There have been a lot of renovations made to the schools, which is wonderful, and there are a lot more shops and restaurants, which is also good for those who aren't as outdoorsy as me, but with construction there is noise, and those unsightly trucks and cranes everywhere. At least when construction is done Parker City will be a better place.

Speaking of schools, I am proud to say that Parker City has some of the highest scoring students in all of Colorado. The teachers are just so interested in helping their students learn.If I could ship my family back so my children could attend those schools I would, I am glad I did. it isn't just the teachers, the whole community is so welcoming and pleasant, they make you feel as though you are family from the moment you say hello. Between the friendly people and the beautiful landscapes I would highly recommend people to at least visit Parker City, Colorado so they can enjoy the city for all it has to offer.
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