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Parker, Colorado
Town
Mainstreet in downtown Parker
Mainstreet in downtown Parker
Location in Douglas County and the state of Colorado
Location in Douglas County and the state of Colorado
Country United States
State Colorado
County

Douglas


Incorporated May 1981
Area
 • Total 20.49 sq mi (53.07 km2)
 • Land 20.47 sq mi (53.03 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation 5,869 ft (1,789 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 48,988
 • Estimate (2014) 49,857
 • Density 2,435/sq mi (940.2/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 80134, 80138
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-57630
GNIS feature ID 0185051
Website www.parkeronline.org
The third most populous Douglas County town

Parker is a home rule municipality in Douglas County, Colorado, United States. As a self-declared "Town" under the Home Rule statutes, Parker is the second most populous town in the county; Castle Rock is the most populous. In recent years, Parker has become a commuter town at the southeasternmost corner of the Denver Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census the town population was 45,297; the estimated population in 2014 was 49,857. Parker is now the 19th most populous municipality in the state of Colorado.

Geography

Parker is located in northeastern Douglas County at 39°31′10″N 104°45′57″W / 39.51944°N 104.76583°W / 39.51944; -104.76583 (39.519488, −104.765833). Its northernmost border follows the Arapahoe County line, and the city of Aurora touches the town's northeast border. The center of Parker is 23 miles (37 km) southeast of downtown Denver. Castle Rock, the Douglas County seat, is 15 miles (24 km) to the southwest. Unincorporated communities that border Parker are Dove Valley to the northwest, Stonegate to the west, and The Pinery to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.5 square miles (53.1 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.08%, is water. Cherry Creek flows through Parker on its way north toward Denver.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 5,450
2000 23,558 332.3%
2010 45,297 92.3%
Est. 2015 49,550 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,558 people, 7,929 households, and 6,525 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,615.2 people per square mile (623.4/km²). There were 8,352 housing units at an average density of 572.6 per square mile (221.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.60% White, 1.71% Asian, 1.01% Black, 0.45% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.88% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.80% of the population.

There were 7,929 households out of which 52.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town, the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 43.4% from 25 to 44, 15.0% from 45 to 64, and 2.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $74,116, and the median income for a family was $77,384 (these figures had risen to $80,679 and $89,154, respectively, as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $52,070 versus $35,700 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,479. About 1.7% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

The Cherry Creek Trail runs along Cherry Creek, north and south through Parker. Bicycling, hiking, nature walks, and cross-country skiing are all popular uses.

The Rueter–Hess Reservoir is located west of town and is not yet open for recreational use. Nevertheless, planned activities there include fishing, hiking, and non-motorized boating. No natural streams flow into the reservoir, instead water rights owned by the Parker Water and Sanitation District provide water delivered via Cherry Creek and a local canals. If filled to capacity, surface size would be 1,140 acres.

Climate

This climate type is usually found in the outskirts of true deserts in low-latitude, semiarid regions. It has a cooler, wetter winter resulting from the higher latitude and mid-latitude frontal cyclone activity. Annual precipitation totals are greater than in tropical and subtropical desert climates. Yearly variations in amount are not as extreme as in the true deserts but are nevertheless large. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "BSk". (Tropical and Subtropical Steppe Climate).

Climate data for Parker, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 43
(6.1)
46
(7.8)
51
(10.6)
60
(15.6)
69
(20.6)
80
(26.7)
86
(30)
84
(28.9)
77
(25)
66
(18.9)
52
(11.1)
45
(7.2)
63.3
(17.36)
Average low °F (°C) 15
(-9.4)
18
(-7.8)
23
(-5)
31
(-0.6)
40
(4.4)
49
(9.4)
55
(12.8)
54
(12.2)
46
(7.8)
35
(1.7)
23
(-5)
17
(-8.3)
33.8
(1.02)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.3
(8)
0.3
(8)
0.9
(23)
1.3
(33)
2.5
(64)
1.9
(48)
2.2
(56)
1.9
(48)
1.1
(28)
0.8
(20)
0.7
(18)
0.3
(8)
14.1
(358)
Source: Weatherbase

Attractions

The town currently maintains about 250 acres of developed parkland and more than 900 acres of open space.

The Wildlife Experience, now part of CU South Denver, is an art and natural history museum located in Parker.

Parker is also home to the Parker Arts, Culture, & Events Center (PACE). It is a venue that hosts art exhibits, art classes, theater productions, and concerts. It is the official home of the Parker Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra established in 1994, that offers a full season of orchestra concerts annually. The Parker Symphony was formerly the South Suburban Community Orchestra.

Additional resources

  • A Folk History of Parker and Hilltop, by Sandy Whelchel, Parker Distributing\Paintbrush Press
  • Parker, Colorado: An historical narrative, by Ruth Miller, Parker Area Historical Society
  • The Cherokee Trail: Bent's Old Fort to Fort Bridger by Lee Whiteley
  • A Guide Book to Historic Sites in the Parker Area by F.B.Mclaughlin

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