About Westminster, Colorado
The Green City Of Parks and Trails
An internationally recognized environmental steward, Westminster’s local efforts for sustainability impact the global community. Supported by The Green Team, the City Council’s strategic plan of being a beautiful and environmentally sensitive city lays the foundation for energy efficient, environmentally sensitive and sustainable development.
Some of Westminster’s most valued assets are open spaces and trails. The city has preserved 2,953 acres of natural open space within its borders. Add in parks and golf courses, and one-third of the city’s land area is designated "green space" – a feature that distinguishes Westminster from other Metro Denver communities. Winding through the city's open space is an interconnected trail system featuring 74 miles of off-road trails and 9 miles of on-street trails, with more than 40 pedestrian/bike underpasses for safe passage under busy streets. Three major trail corridors crisscross the city: Big Dry Creek, Farmers' High Line Canal, Walnut Creek and Little Dry Creek.
Get the complete view with the Westminster Trail Guide.
Recently, Money Magazine ranked Westminster as the 24th best place to live in the USA. The seventh most populous city in Colorado, excellent education, employment opportunities, ample shopping, restaurants, entertainment, recreation and mountain views can all be enjoyed within the city’s limits. When you choose Westminster, you choose an affluent community with an award-winning lifestyle – an attractive place to live, work, and play.
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Qualities which make Westminster, CO a good choice to live include:
1. Cost of Living: High household incomes, moderate median home values, and low taxes make Westminster one of the more affluent and affordable cities in the North Denver Metropolitan Area. Median home value of $211,500 is slightly above the state average of $200,300. The cost of living index is moderate: 106.0 compared to 107.1 for the state.
2. Educational System: Situated in both Jefferson and Adams Counties, three excellent public school systems plus several charter and private schools serve Westminster. The K-12 curricula is challenging and stimulating, with many schools offering Advanced Placement courses and programs for the gifted-and-talented. Expenditures per student are slightly higher than the state average at $5,029, with a low student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. Colorado School Grades ranks these K-12 Schools with a grade of B or better: Elementary Schools: Sunset Ridge (K-5), Mesa (K-5), Lukas (K-6), and more. Middle Schools: Woodrow Wilson Charter Academy (K-8), Wayne Carle (7-8). See more at Colorado School Grades. The city hosts four institutions of higher education within its boundaries: Front Range Community College, Westwood College, University of Phoenix, and DeVry University.
For a complete list of public and private schools, colleges and universities serving the city, visit Westminster Schools.
3. Employment Opportunities: Westminster’s strategic location, well-educated residents, and pro-business attitude provide a stable business environment. This city offers many solid employment opportunities, for today and the future. Around 3,000 businesses are located in the city,including high-tech manufactures,national and international headquarters,as wellas many small,family-owned companies. The top 10 private employers lead the field in growth industries such as high-tech, medical, and energy.
Westminster's largest employers include: Avaya-Communications systems company with over 900 employees, Anthony's North Hospital - Health care provider with over 800 employees, Ball Corporation - Aerospace and packaging company with over 500 employee
Opportunities like these keep the unemployement rate in Westminster lower than many of the surroundings cities,and on par with the state as a whole.
Future job growth over the next 10 years is projected to be on par with the state, at 3.5% per year.
4. Real Estate Values: Located along Dever-Boulder U.S. 36 corridor and bordering on 125, Westminster flourishes with high-tech,medical,and retail businesses. This plus an
affluent, educated population keep real estate values solid. The northeast section of Westminster nears 125 and 144th Avenue is one of the fastest growing areas in Metro Denver. Plus, the Westminster Mall is undergoing redevelopment, which will keep the city attractive to future homebuyers.
Median Home Value: $211,500. Sales activity is growing steadily, although inventory remains low, causing home price appreciation to go up. Westminster experienced 11% appreciation from Jan 2012 to Jan 2013. The percentage of vacant homes is less than half the state average, 4.4% compared with 10.9%. The city has one of the lowest home vacancy rates in the North Denver Metro Area
5. Health and Safety: Westminster residents enjoy high-quality health care within the city limits. The St. Anthony North Hospital is operated by Colorado’s largest health care provider, Centura Health. Crime rates tell you a lot about the safety of a city. Violent crime in Westminster is rare – 1 in 441 fall victim, which is lower than both state and national averages. Get more information on Westminster crime rates.
6. Commute Time and Public Transportation: Located just 9 miles northwest of Denver and 15 miles south of Boulder, the average commute time is 30 minutes, similar to the state average of 27 minutes. Great news – Commuter rail is coming to Westminster. For energy efficiency and to ease commute times, Denver’s Light Rail Project is bringing three rail stations to Westminster in 2016. Read more about Westminster’s Commuter Rail Stations.
7. Culture, Entertainment, and Shopping: A mature and well-managed city, Westminster offers an amazing variety of amenities you’d expect to find in a much larger city. Fun places to visit in include The Ice Center skating rink and The Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, a hands-on learning experience for children and adults. Within the city’s boundaries are two award-winning golf courses, Legacy Ridge and The Heritage at Westmoor. Westminster provides one of the highest concentrations of retail shopping and restaurants in the Denver area. The Westminster Promenade at U.S. 36 and 104th Avenue is an attractive, resort-like outdoor pedestrian entertainment and business development. Enjoy entertainment presented by the North Metro Arts Alliance and the free Summer Concert Series. Located on the northeast corner of Westminster by I-25 and 144th Avenue, Orchard Towne Center is a 1-million square foot open-air lifestyle and entertainment center. Explore more Westminster Shopping and Entertainment choices. With quick access to U.S. 36 and I-25, residents are just minutes away from attractions throughout Metro Denver and the Rocky Mountains.
8. History and development: Do you prefer living in an older, established neighborhood? Or do you desire a newly developed area? You can find both in Westminster. First permanently settled in 1870, one of the oldest buildings in Westminster is the Westminster Castle. Completed in 1893, it can be seen on West 83rd Avenue and Federal Blvd. In 1908 this castle came to house the Westminster University. Three years later the town incorporated under the name of Westminster in its honor. The median age of homes in Westminster is 26 years, a little newer than the state average of 29 years. The newest, fastest growing area can be found in the northeast section of the city, along I25 near the Orchard Town Center. Discover more about Westminster in this Westminster, CO video.Westminster’s best.
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