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Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Home Rule Municipality
CityofWheatRidgesign.jpg
The incorporated and unincorporated areas in Jefferson County, Colorado, highlighting Wheat Ridge in red
The incorporated and unincorporated areas in Jefferson County, Colorado, highlighting Wheat Ridge in red
Country United States
State Colorado
County Jefferson
Incorporated 1969
Area
 • Total 9.55 sq mi (24.7 km2)
 • Land 9.30 sq mi (24.1 km2)
 • Water 0.25 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 5,459 ft (1,664 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 30,166
 • Estimate (2013) 30,489
 • Density 3,243.7/sq mi (1,252.4/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 80212, 80214, 80215, 80033, 80034
Area code(s) 303, 720
FIPS code 08-86090
GNIS feature ID 202840
Website www.ci.wheatridge.co.us

Wheat Ridge is a Home Rule Municipality located in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Wheat Ridge is a western suburb of Denver. The Wheat Ridge Municipal Center is approximately 5 miles (8 km) west-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The city had a population of 30,166 as of the 2010 Census.

History

Although Wheat Ridge is a relatively young incorporated city, it has a history based on agriculture and the community’s location along regional travel routes. It grew from a popular rest stop for travelers during the Gold Rush of the late 1850s to an agricultural and suburban community known as the “Carnation City” in the mid 1900s. As the residential areas of unincorporated Jefferson County grew to provide housing to the Denver workforce during the 1950s, the major transportation corridors extending from Denver developed with commercial services. During that era, the formation of numerous utility and fire protection districts provided these unincorporated areas with urban services. Eventually, due to the increasing annexation pressure from nearby municipalities, Wheat Ridge incorporated in 1969.

Geography

Wheat Ridge is located at 39°45′58″N 105°04′38″W / 39.76611°N 105.07722°W / 39.76611; -105.07722 (39.7660980, -105.0772063) at an elevation of 5,459 feet (1,664 m). Located at the junction of Interstate 70 and Colorado State Highway 391 in central Colorado, the city is immediately west of Denver and 66 miles (106 km) north-northwest of Colorado Springs.

Wheat Ridge is located in the Colorado Piedmont on the western edge of the Great Plains just east of the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Clear Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River, flows east then northeast through the city. Lena Gulch, a tributary of Clear Creek, flows northeast through the southwest part of the city.

There are several small lakes and reservoirs in Wheat Ridge. Crown Hill Lake, Kestrel Pond, and North Henry Lee Reservoir are located in the south-central part of the city. West Lake, Tabor Lake, and Propsect Lake are located along Clear Creek in the west-central part of the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.55 square miles (24.7 km2) of which 9.30 square miles (24.1 km2) is land and 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2) of it (2.6%) is water.

As a suburb of Denver, Wheat Ridge is part of both the greater Denver metropolitan area and the Front Range Urban Corridor. It borders other communities on all sides including: Arvada to the north; Lakeside, Mountain View, and Denver to the east; Edgewater to the southeast; Lakewood to the south; Applewood to the southwest; and Fairmount to the northwest.

Climate

The climate is described as Humid Continental by the Köppen Climate System, abbreviated as Dfb.

Climate data for Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.1
(43)
8.3
(47)
12.2
(54)
16.1
(61)
21.1
(70)
27.8
(82)
31.1
(88)
30
(86)
25
(77)
18.9
(66)
10.6
(51)
6.7
(44)
17.8
(64)
Average low °C (°F) -9.4
(15)
-7.2
(19)
-3.9
(25)
1.1
(34)
6.7
(44)
11.7
(53)
15
(59)
13.9
(57)
8.3
(47)
2.2
(36)
-5
(23)
-8.9
(16)
2.2
(36)
Precipitation mm (inches) 13
(0.5)
13
(0.5)
33
(1.3)
48
(1.9)
58
(2.3)
41
(1.6)
56
(2.2)
46
(1.8)
28
(1.1)
25
(1)
25
(1)
15
(0.6)
401
(15.8)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 21,619
1970 29,778 37.7%
1980 30,293 1.7%
1990 29,419 −2.9%
2000 32,913 11.9%
2010 30,166 −8.3%
Est. 2015 31,192 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census, there were 30,166 people, 13,976 households, and 7,489 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,243.7 people per square mile (1,251.7/km²). There were 14,868 housing units at an average density of 1,598.7 per square mile (616.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.6% White, 1.6% Asian, 1.2% African American, 1.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 6.9% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 20.9% of the population.

There were 13,976 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.4% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12, and the average family size was 2.81.

The distribution of the population by age was 18.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.7 years. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,014, and the median income for a family was $59,275. Males had a median income of $45,655 versus $36,741 for females. The city's per capita income was $28,372. About 8.7% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Culture

Points of interest

Wheat Ridge is home to the James H. Baugh house, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The Baugh House is an 1860 hand-hewn log cabin encased in a circa 1904 frame farmhouse, and is one of several historic structures in the Wheat Ridge Historic Park. The Wheat Ridge Historical Society, in cooperation with the Colorado Historical Society and the City of Wheat Ridge, restored the house, which was designated on August 14, 2012.


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