Douglas County Real estate Information
The eighth most populated county in the state, Douglas County is home to a population of more than 260,000 as of 2006 estimates. The county is experiencing rapid growth, seeing its population grow by nearly 50 percent since the 2000 census, enough to make it the fastest growing county in Colorado and one of the fastest in the country. Douglas County in conveniently located between the state's two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs, making it ideal for those who must travel to both cities often.
The county lies along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and encompasses around 540,000 acres. Elevations throughout the area range from 5,400 feet to more than 9,800 feet at Thunder Butte. The county includes four incorporated municipalities: Castle Rock, Larkspur, Lone Tree and Parker, in addition to a slew of smaller towns and unincorporated communities. Castle Rock is the county seat. The landscape of the county is lightly wooded, with pine trees broken up with mesas and small streams, including Cherry Creek and Plum Creek, which flow into the South Platte River.
The county had the highest median household income figure for all counties in Colorado as of the 2000 census. There are nine private golf courses and six public courses within the county, and the Park Meadows Mall area is a regional hotspot for shopping. Nearby state parks include Chatfield Reservoir and Roxborough State Park and Pike National Forest, and there are five recreational trails traversing the county.
The Douglas County School District RE-1 serves children attending public schools in the county. It is the third-largest school district in Colorado, with more than 50,000 students attending almost 70 schools, including 41 elementary schools, seven middle schools, eight high schools, six charter schools, four option schools and an online school. For higher education alternative options, the University Center at Chaparral in Parker offers courses through partnerships with other colleges and universities in the state.