Gold was first discovered in Arvada in 1850. Consequently, settlers and farmers came in large numbers by 1870. This solidified Arvada as one of Denver’s leading suburbs. Now, Arvada is the 7th largest city in Colorado. It’s a thriving community with homes, apartments, retail centers and even a nearby regional shopping mall, Flatirons Mall. Surprisingly, Arvada is known for its thriving and renovated downtown area. First of all, because walking to the “Old Town” shops, restaurants and entertainment is easy and fun. Secondly, it’s practically its own Gaslight District in a Denver Suburb.
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In 2016, the Arvada population was 117,000 showing that the population of this Denver suburb is relatively small but large enough to support the Old Town and surrounding amenities. The median family income here is $66,125 (2016). And, the median home price at the time of the last census was $342,700, but that’s a little deceptive. Home prices have appreciated since then along with the rest of the Denver suburbs. It does reflect a substantial number of smaller older homes which brings the median property value to a lower level. Residents commute to either Downtown Denver (about 20 minutes) or to Boulder (about 25 minutes) via US 36 or I-70. Recently, more lanes have been added to US 36 making the commute to both Denver and Boulder easier.
This is a fantastic city where they have their own cultural arts center where art is displayed, plays are performed, and community organizations host events. Public schools are the Jefferson County Schools. And, they are rated as average to above average based on test scores.
Home to the Faith Christian Academy, a private religious institution, this school offers classes from kindergarten through high school (K-12). Likewise, there are currently 1,035 students attending Faith Christian, which is affiliated with Faith Bible Chapel.
With close proximity to many hiking trails, Arvada has easy access to many highways, ensuring speedy travels to the mountains. For those who prefer to work out a little closer to home, Arvada is home to the wonderful Apex Recreation Center, complete with a small indoor water-park for the kids to enjoy while you work out!
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