As a local Centennial, Colorado Realtor, I love living and working here. Let me share a little bit of the history and advantages of my “new town”. It’s not new to me. I was living here even before it was incorporated. But, my home town is special to me and my clients.
History of Centennial, Colorado
What is now the City of Centennial, Colorado incorporated on September 12, 2000. Previously, it had been known simply as unincorporated Arapahoe county with an Englewood or Aurora zip code. 77% of voters approved Centennial’s plan for incorporation to make it Colorado’s newest city. On February 1, 2001, Centennial became an official Colorado City!
In the years to follow, Centennial moved to become a “Home Rule City”. That solidified its ability to control all aspects governmental rule. Sometimes, my client will ask me what was the origin of the name? Surprisingly, it was a fictional city in James Michener‘s novel Centennial!
My home town really started from a vision of just a few residents meeting at a pancake restaurant. From there, the City of Centennial has organized, grown and blossomed into one of Colorado’s most awarded cities. To date, Centennial has been recognized many times But, it has many more advantages also.
Centennial’s Advantages and Awards
For example, Centennial has no debt. It pays its obligations with cash. The City outsourced its Public Works Department to an international, private company. It contracts its law enforcement with the Arapahoe Count Sheriff. And ,it contracts its emergency services with South Metro Fire and Rescue. South Suburban Parks and Recreation District provides most of the parks and recreation. As a result, Centennial has very few employees and very low taxes.
Centennial, Colorado is uniquely positioned on the axis of Interstate and State Highways. Centennial works in harmony with the adjacent Greenwood Village, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and Littleton to coordinate traffic flow, street maintenance and border conformity. It’s working very well.
Centennial attracted IKEA’s only Colorado store with its very controversial highway signage along Interstae 25. It also hosts the now famous Top Golf facility. With its Home Rule status, Centennial collects its own sales taxes. And, receipts have doubled since state collection gave “short shrift” to this blossoming suburban economy.
The growth of Parker, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, and even Greenwood Village have all assisted with Centennial becoming a geocentric municipality contributing to the future of our entire South Suburban socio-economic growth.
Current Real Estate Listings in Centennial, Colorado
A Growing, Affluent Denver Suburb
In adjacent Unincorporated Arapahoe County resides the only General Aviation Airport in the state operating 24/7/365. Centennial Airport accepts NO LOCAL TAX DOLLARS, and Centennial Airport is self-sustaining, and is 100% user supported. It’s a great amenity for Centennial. Finally, it supports world headquarters such as Liberty Media, Starz, the Anschutz Corp., EchoStar, Arrow Electronics, Western Union and many more.
Centennial is very upscale Denver suburb. It offers employers a population of 110,000, a 6 figure median household income and a median age of just over 43 years. As a result, Centennial enjoys a great position to carry us through the 21st Century!
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