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  •   State: 
    Jefferson County
      County FIPS: 
    39°50′01″N 105°09′01″W
      Area total: 
    39.570 sq mi (102.485 km²)
      Area land: 
    38.910 sq mi (100.776 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.660 sq mi (1.709 km²)
    5,344 ft (1,662 m)
    1859; Settled 1859 Platted December 1, 1870; Incorporated August 24, 1904
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
    Mountain Standard Time (MST) UTC-7:00; Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) UTC-6:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,197 residents per square mile of area (1,234/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Arvada is a home rule municipality located in Jefferson and Adams counties, Colorado, United States. The city population was 124,402 at the 2020 United States Census, with 121,510 residing in Jefferson County and 2,892 residing in Adams County. The Olde Town Arvada historic district is 7 miles (11 km) northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The first documented discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountain region occurred on June 22, 1850, when Lewis Ralston, a Georgia prospector headed for the California gold fields, dipped his sluice pan into a small stream near its mouth at Clear Creek. In 1870, the Colorado Central Railroad laid tracks through the area on its route from Golden to link up with the Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Denver Pacific Railroad at Jersey Junction, 3 miles (5 km) north of Denver. Colorado was granted statehood on August 1, 1876, and the Town of ArVada was formally incorporated on August 14, 1904. By the end of the millennium, the population of the city exceeded 100,000. In December 2007, Matthew J. Murray walked into the Youth With a Mission Center and killed two people, injuring two more. On June 21, 2021, Ronald Troyke fatally shot Arvado police officer Gordon Beesley with a semi-automatic shotgun. As Troyke proceeded down the street, bystander Johnny Hurley fatally shot Troyke with a handgun. When Hurley picked up Troyke's rifle, ArvADA police officer Kraig Brownlow arrived on the scene and fatally shot Hurley, mistaking him for Beesley's shooter.


Arvada is the primary city name, but also Westminster are acceptable city names or spellings. Arvada grew rapidly during the latter half of the 20th century as a suburb of nearby Denver, the state capital. A vibrant agricultural community, Arvada was once known as the "Celery Capital of the World" On December 9, 2007, Matthew J. Murray walked into the Youth With a Mission Center and killed two people, injuring two more. On November 8, 2021, authories have decided not to press charges against Kraig Brownlow for killing Hurley Troyke in the Olde Town Square shooting. The town was named after Lewis Ralston, a Georgia prospector who made the first documented discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountain region on June 22, 1850. It was formally incorporated on August 14, 1904, and became a Statutory City on October 31, 1951, and a Home Rule Municipality on July 23, 1963. It is located on the Colorado Central Railroad, which laid tracks through the area on its route from Golden to link up with the Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Denver Pacific Railroad at Jersey Junction, 3 miles (5 km) north of Denver. It has a population of more than 100,000, making it one of the fastest-growing towns in the state, along with Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins. The city is home to the University of Colorado, which was founded in 1858. It also has a college, the Colorado School of Mines, and the Colorado Institute of Mining and Technology, which were founded in the early 1900s.


Arvada is located in northeastern Jefferson County at 39°4912N 105°640W (39.819962, -105.110975). A small portion of the city extends east into Adams County. At the 2020 United States Census, the city had a total area of 25,325 acres (102.485 km²), including 422 acres (1.709 km²) of water. The climate is described as Humid Continental by the Köppen Climate System, abbreviated as Dfb. The city has a population of 2,816, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. It is located on the Colorado River, which runs through the center of the town. It has a high school football team, the Arvada High School Football Team, and the Arrvada Valley High School football team. It also has a baseball team, which competes in the Colorado Valley Football League and the Colorado State Football League, as well as the University of Colorado Football Team. The town's nickname is "The Redoubt" because of its location on the Red River. It was named after the Red Sox's legendary pitcher, Tom Reddy. The Red Sox won the World Series of baseball in 1966 and 1967. The team also won the Super Bowl in 1968 and 1968. The U.N. World Cup of baseball was held in the city in 1968. It hosted the Winter Olympics in the 1980s and 1990s. It won the gold medal in the 1988 Winter Games.


As of the census of 2010, there were 106,433 people, 42,701 households, and 28,927 families residing in the city. There were 44,427 housing units at an average density of 1,216.7 per square mile (469.8/km²) with a median value of $240,000. The racial makeup of the city was 89.08% White, 0.9% African American, 0.,8% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0,1% Pacific Islander, 3.5% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.7%. The median income for a household in theCity was $66,125 and the median income. for a family was $78,591. The per capita income for the city is $24,679. About 4.6% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line. The city is located on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River runs through the center of the town. The town is home to the Mississippi State University of Mississippi, which was founded in 1864. The state's motto is "The State of Mississippi is the State of the River" The city has a population of more than 100,000, with the majority of its residents living in or near the city center. It is the only city in the state to have a mayor-council form of government.


The City of Arvada is a Home Rule Municipality with a councilmanager form of government. The City Council has seven members: a mayor and two councilmembers elected at large, and four councilmember elected from council districts. The Arvado City Manager is Mark Deven. The city is located on the banks of the Colorado River. The town has a population of about 2,000. It is located in the foothills of the Cascades, a mountain range that runs through the center of the city. The area is known for its redwood forests. It also has a large lake, which is used as a reservoir for the city's water supply. The mayor is a former mayor of the town, and the city has a mayor-council mayor. The council selects the city manager, who is elected by the city council. It has seven councilmembers: a president, two members elected at Large, four members elected from the council districts, and one member elected from each of the seven council seats. The president is the mayor-elect, and there are four council members elected to the council each year for a four-year term. The vote for the mayor is based on a majority of votes cast by the council members. The head of the council, the mayor, is elected for a two-year, four-month term, and then the mayor for a one-yearterm, two year, four year, and five-year terms. The current mayor-manager is Mark deven, who was elected in 2008.


Arvada is predominately a commuter town to Denver and Boulder. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) G line electric multiple unit commuter rail connects Arvada directly to Denver Union Station. The primary retail corridors are along Wadsworth Boulevard, 52nd Avenue, 64th Avenue, Ralston Road, and Kipling Street. RTD also serves Arvado with 13 bus routes. The town is located on the Colorado Turnpike, which runs from Colorado Springs to Colorado Springs. It is also on Interstate 70, which connects to the Denver International Airport and the Colorado Springs-Boulder International Airport. It also connects to Boulder and Denver via the Boulder-Denver Expressway and the Denver/Boulder Expressway. The city has a population of 2,000. The population of Boulder County, Colorado, is 2,100. It has an estimated population of 3,500. The county has an unemployment rate of 2.7%. The town has a poverty rate of 1.8%. It has a high school graduation rate of 8.2%. The city's unemployment rate is 1.9%. It is the highest in the state of Colorado, with the lowest rate of unemployment in the Denver area. The average age of the town's residents is 44.7 years. The area has a GDP of $1.2 billion, the highest rate of growth in the U.S. since the 1970s, when it was 1.7 percent. The unemployment rate was 2.8 percent in the mid-1980s.


Arvada is served by the Jefferson County School District R-1. It is home to the Arvada High School, which was founded in the 1950s. The school district also has a high school and a middle school. The district is part of Jefferson County, which is a part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Jefferson County school district is located in Jefferson County. It was established in 1872 and was named in honor of its founder, William Jefferson, in 1875. It has been in the same district since 1875 and is now called Jefferson County Schools. It also has an elementary and middle school, which were founded in 1876. The high school is in Arvado and is known as Jefferson County High School. It opened in the 1970s and has an enrollment of about 1,000 students. It closed in the 1990s and was replaced by Jefferson County Middle School. The current school district was formed in 2000. It serves about 1.5 million students. The town is home of the ArVada High school, founded in 1978. It's also home to a number of other schools, including Jefferson County Elementary School and Jefferson County Intermediate School. In 2010, the school district expanded to include a high-school. It now has more than 1,200 students and is in the process of adding an additional 1,100 students to the school system. The community is also served by a middle and high school, Jefferson County Community School.


The Rocky Flats plant operated from 1952 to 1992, as a manufacturing complex that produced nuclear weapons. The plant was closed in 1992, and the site was redeveloped into a golf course. The site was also used as a test site for nuclear weapons in the 1960s and 1970s. It is still used as part of the Rocky Flat Golf Course in Colorado, United States, which was built in the 1950s and 1960s.

Tourism and recreation

Attractions include: Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Cussler Museum rare automobile collection, Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Two Ponds National Wildlife refuge, Olde Town Arvado historic district. The town is also home to the Colorado State Fair, which is one of the state's largest annual events. The city is also known for its nightlife and nightlife in the local bars, clubs, and restaurants. It has a reputation for being one of Colorado's most active tourist destinations. It is also a popular tourist destination in the U.S. and has a history of hosting major international events. It also has a long history of being a center for the arts and humanities, including the Cusslers' museum and the Arvados' historic district, which dates back to the 19th century. It was founded in 1881 by the city's first residents, who moved to the area in the late 1800s. It became known as "Arvada" in the early 1900s. In the early 20th century, the town was known as the "City of the Arts" and was home to a number of cultural institutions. The area is also famous for its outdoor activities, including rock climbing, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. In recent years, it has been known to host a national wildlife refuge and has been home to some of the world's largest trout refuges. It's also the site of a National Park Service park, which was established in 1924.


Arvada is the western terminus of Interstate 76, which begins at the intersection of Interstate 70 and State Highway 121. The Amtrak California Zephyr passes through Arvada westbound each morning and eastbound each evening. In 2014, the League of American Bicyclists designated ArvADA as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community. The city is served by Denver International Airport and nearby Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Full Amtrak passenger and parcel service is available at the nearby Denver Union Station.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado = 26.9. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 89. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Arvada = 5.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 124,402 individuals with a median age of 40.3 age the population grows by 5.70% in Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,197 residents per square mile of area (1,234/km²). There are average 2.52 people per household in the 42,492 households with an average household income of $63,326 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.30% of the available work force and has dropped -4.90% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 22.90%. The number of physicians in Arvada per 100,000 population = 192.3.


The annual rainfall in Arvada = 18.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 83.6 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 91. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 246. 89 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 17.2 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 58, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado which are owned by the occupant = 73.04%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 32 years with median home cost = $230,270 and home appreciation of -1.42%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.40 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,080 per student. There are 16 students for each teacher in the school, 548 students for each Librarian and 440 students for each Counselor. 7.69% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 20.64% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.64% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Arvada's population in Jefferson County, Colorado of 1,511 residents in 1900 has increased 82,33-fold to 124,402 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.89% female residents and 49.11% male residents live in Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado.

    As of 2020 in Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado are married and the remaining 39.61% are single population.

  • 28.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Arvada require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.18% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.49% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.24% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.44% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado, 73.04% are owner-occupied homes, another 23.67% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.29% are vacant.

  • The 55.35% of the population in Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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