Wheat Ridge Real Estate Information
A mid-sized suburban town in the capital city region, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, lies about 10 miles west of Denver in the north-central part of the state. The city was founded in 1859 and incorporated in 1969, and is now home to a population of around 32,000, according to 2006 estimates. The city lies entirely within the confines of Jefferson County, encompassing a total area of 9.1 square miles.
Wheat Ridge was founded as a farming community in the late 1850s to support the mining boom that occurred in the nearby communities surrounding the Denver area. Until the middle of the 20th century, its claim to fame was as the world's largest producer of carnations, the flowers. Though around for over 100 years, the city did not formally incorporate until 1969, after it was faced by annexation from cities surrounding it. Today, construction, health care and education are among the largest industries in which residents of Wheat Ridge find employment.
The school system here includes one high school, two middle schools and six elementary schools. Additionally, a Montessori elementary and charter school are located in Wheat Ridge, as well as several smaller private and religious schools. As an old city, Wheat Ridge is home to three National Historical Sites and one Colorado State Historical Site. One of its most popular attractions is the Baugh House, a restored log cabin that sits on three acres of what is left of the Baugh homestead.
Other attractions include Crown Hill Regional Park, the Jefferson County Community Center and Wheat Ridge Historical Park, home of the Wheat Ridge Historical Society. The eight-week long summer celebration of Performances in the Park is a concert series held at Anderson Park for residents and visitors to enjoy. For retail needs, check out the nearby Applewood Village Shopping Center. Health and medical services can be provided by the region's closest medical centers, Wide Horizon Sanatorium and Exempla Lutheran Medical Center.