Situated between the two largest cities in Colorado — Denver and Colorado Springs — Castle Rock offers small town living in a convenient location. With the promise of gold and of available land through the Homestead Act of 1864, settlers began coming to the area, the town’s website explains. The discovery of rhyolite stone in the area kept them here. Castle Rock got its name from one of those early settlers, Jeremiah Gould, who donated 120 acres in 1874.
As of a 2013 town staff estimate, Castle Rock’s population is about 53,466, with a median age of 33.8 years. The median household income is $84,781. 95 percent of the adults in Castle Rock have obtained a high school diploma, and 45 percent have earned a college degree. The median price of a family home is $250,000, though prices can range anywhere from $110,000 to $1.3 million.
The town has almost 20 parks, as well as 50 miles of trails and 6,000 acres of open space. It’s also home to the Red Hawk Golf Course, as well as a museum housed in the historic train depot and a vibrant downtown that is the location of a number of events throughout the year.
The seat of Douglas County, Castle Rock is part of the Douglas County school and library districts. The town was recently recognized as one of the best places in the country to live by Family Circle Magazine and Relocate America.
Castle Rock has an average of 255 days of sunshine per year. It receives an average snowfall of 62.2 inches per year. The warmest month is typically July, while the coldest month is December.
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