The site of the first gold strike in Colorado, in 1850, Arvada is now home to about 108,530 people. However, it still manages to retain its small town feel. A thriving business community and residential areas share the tree-lined streets of this pleasant community that offers convenient transportation routes to Denver and the Denver International Airport via three interstate highways. Public transportation is also available via RTD options including a bus line, light-rail, and numerous park-and-ride locations.
Arvada is home to more than 140 parks, two golf courses, the Arvada/ Blunn Reservoir, and 150 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. The city is also home to the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities. One of the largest multi-disciplinary arts and cultural centers in the nation, the center hosts a number of events including theater productions, concerts, and educational classes. It also serves as a conference/ banquet hall for residents. The city’s Olde Town has received both State and National Historic Designations, and Arvada has also been named a Colorado Main Street Community.
The city provides quick access to the University of Colorado and Colorado School of Mines. Educational opportunities are also available at Red Rocks Community College’s Arvada campus. Located mostly within the Jefferson County School District, Arvada has four public high schools, five middle schools, 22 elementary schools, and two charter schools. There are also five private or parochial schools located within the city.
With a low crime rate and a highly educated populace, Arvada provides a superb quality of life for its residents.
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