Jefferson County Real Estate Information
The fourth most populous of the state's 64 counties, Jefferson County, Colorado, is located in the north-central part of the region, along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, where the great plains meet the Rocky Mountains. The county is within the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area. Its county seat is Golden, its most populated city is Lakewood, and the population was estimated at around 530,000 as of 2006. The county is long from north south, and I-70 passes through it from west to east.
Jefferson County is known as the Gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Annual snowfall averages about 60 inches, and rainfall averages about 15 inches. The temperature hovers around 74 degrees in the summer and 30 degrees in the winter, with mostly sunny days and a temperate climate with distinct seasons. It is a mixed suburban, business, industrial and residential community. It larger cities include Arvada, Bow Mar, Edgewater, Golden, Lakeside, Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison, Mountain View, Superior, Westminster and Wheat Ridge.
Jefferson County's Golden is home to the nationally known Coors Brewing Company. Attractions include Chatfield State Park and Golden Gate Canyon State Park, as well as dozens of smaller parks, Pike National Forest, Roosevelt National Forest and Lost Creek Wilderness. Other outdoor spots to enjoy are Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, and some of the golf courses like Hiwan Golf Club, Rolling Hills Country Club and Foothills Golf Course and the history-rich Hiwan Homestead Museum.
The county's school system, Jefferson County School District R-1, is the state's largest, with more than 84,000 students in 148 schools. The state-supported Colorado School of Mines offers students degrees and courses of study in mining and engineering. The Jefferson County Public Library counts a collection of more than 1.3 million items, spread across 10 libraries sprinkled throughout the county and its own bookmobile