Gold was first discovered in Arvada in 1850. Settlers and farmers came in large numbers by 1870. This solidified Arvada as one of Denver’s leading suburbs.Now, Arvada is a thriving community with homes, apartments, retail centers and even a near by regional shopping mall, Flatirons Mall. Arvada is known for its thriving and renovated downtown area where folks can walk the “Old Town” to shops, restaurants and entertainment. It’s practically its own Gaslight District in a Denver Suburb.
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In 2010, the census put the Arvada population at 111,000 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 $68,210 (year 2010). And the average home price at the time of the last census was $242,700 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 bring the average property value to a lower level. Residents commute to either Downtown Denver (about 20 minutes) or to Boulder (about 25 minutes) usually via US 36 or I-70.Recently, more lanes have been added to US 36 making the commute to both Denver and Boulder easier.
Arvada does have its own cultural center where art is displayed, plays are preformed, and community organizations host events. Public schools here are the Jefferson County Schools. They are rated as average to above average based on test scores.
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Arvada is home to the Faith Christian Academy which is a private religious institution, offering classes from kindergarten through high school (K-12). There are currently 1200 students attending Faith Christian, which is affiliated with Faith Bible Chapel.
Arvada is in close proximity to many hiking trails, and 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 Recreational Center, complete with a small indoor water-park for the kids to enjoy while you work out!
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