Arvada retains a small-town feel even
with its estimated population of 108,530.
In 2014, it was named “the 2nd Happiest
Mid-Sized City in America” by Movoto.
Arvada enjoys a rich history, quiet tree-lined neighborhoods and a robust mix of
business. Three interstate highways provide
easy access to the larger metropolitan
region and Denver International Airport.
An extraordinary trail system links with
Denver trails on the east and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the west,
Located west of Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains,
Jefferson County is the area’s second-largest county. Located
partially within its boundaries are the cities of Golden, Lakewood,
Wheat Ridge, Arvada and Westminster. Also in the county are Pike,
Roosevelt and Arapahoe national forests, Golden Gate Canyon
and a section of Chatfield State Park, all of which offer county
residents abundant recreational activities.
In the western part of the county are the mountain communities of
Conifer, Evergreen and Genesee. These towns provide the perfect
compromise for residents wanting to live in the mountains and work
in Denver or Boulder. Jefferson County prizes its landscape: of its
773 square miles, 557 are mountain areas and 217 are plains areas.
Local attractions include the Molson Coors Brewery, the Colo-
rado School of Mines, Dinosaur Ridge, Red Rocks Amphitheater
and many museums, including Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum.
Jefferson County also has an extensive parks and open space
system that allows for mountain biking, horseback riding, climbing,
hiking and fishing.
Note: Some cities are located in multiple counties. For information on Littleton,
see the Arapahoe County section.