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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY: Area - 13.5 Square Miles.
Population - 40,000 people

Littleton is situated along the Platte River in a natural basin adjacent to both Denver and Jefferson counties. Only ten miles from the bustling center of downtown Denver, Littleton strives to retain its small town tradition of commitment, involvement and pride within the 13.5 square miles and approximate population of 40,000 residents. Homes for sale come in a variety of traditional and newly- built styles and since the city has developed most of the useable land, the population remains stable and constant. Littleton is serviced by major arterials, C470 and a light rail system. It has nationally acclaimed schools, smaller class sizes and over half the teachers have advanced degrees.

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The beginnings of Littleton can be traced to the "Pikes Peak" gold rush of 1859. Along with the gold-seekers came merchants and farmers to provide the necessities of life. As the fledgling metropolis of Denver City began to grow, the need arose to construct a series of ditches to carry water to farms and businesses without ready access to rivers and creeks in this arid land. Among the engineers hired to lay out this system was young Richard Sullivan Little of New Hampshire.

Littleton's first schoolhouse, restoration on the Littleton Historical Museum grounds, 1997.
Surveying in an area several miles south of Denver, Little fell in love with the site of present-day Littleton. Upon filing a home stake and other land claims, Richard brought his wife Angeline from the East in 1862, the dry climate all but curing her asthmatic condition, and began to farm. The Littles joined with several neighbors to build the Rough and Ready Flour Mill in 1867, providing a solid economic base in the community for years to come.

In 1872, the Littles filed a plat to subdivide much of their property into the village of Littleton. When the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad reached the area in 1871, settlement began at a rapid pace. By the time of Colorado’s statehood in 1876, there were schools, churches, a hotel, stores and many of the other trappings of civilization. In 1890, the 245 residents voted to incorporate the Town of Littleton.
A milestone in the history of Littleton came in 1902 when the old Arapahoe County (dating from pre-Colorado Territory days) was divided into Arapahoe, Denver, Adams, Washington and Yuma Counties. Then-Governor Orman named Littleton the temporary county seat, placing it in a favorable position to defeat rival Englewood in the general election in 1904. Gaining the permanent county seat brought not only government employees and businesses, but all of their support services. Littleton’s place among Colorado’s cities was assured.

Agriculture remained the staple industry of Littleton until after World War II. Beginning with electronics and pneumatics, moving to munitions and finally to aerospace, manufacturing became the important employer and a magnet for the boom in housing development during the fifties, sixties and seventies. Littleton added Arapahoe Community College in 1965 and Chatfield Reservoir in 1972 to further enhance its appeal. When Littleton celebrated its centennial in 1990, its population had grown to 33,661and has grown to 40,340 in the year 2000.

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Population: 40,340 people
Area: 13.33 square miles

Median Age 32.4
Median Household Income $73,000
% Male 50.8%
% Female 49.2%
White 94.1%
African American 1.5%
Native American 0.4%
Asian Pacific Islander 2.1%
Hispanic 8.4%
Other 2.0%
Married 71.7%
Divorced 7.1%
Never Married 17.7%
Separated 1.7%
Widowed 1.7%

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Colorado's mild climate is a principal asset to the high quality lifestyle residents enjoy. Moderate temperatures, combined with low levels of humidity provide comfortable weather.

  • Average High temperature: 65° F
  • Average Low temperature: 36° F
  • Over 256 days of sun on average per year
  • Minimal rainfall: 15.51" of precipitation per year
  • Average snowfall 59.5

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Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 21.2:1
High School Graduates 94.1%
2-yr College Degree 8.2%
4-yr College Degree 32.3%
Graduate Degree 13.2%


Elementary Schools Address Web Site
Blue Heron Elementary 4987 W Dorado Dr
Littleton 80123
(August 2002)
Bradford Primary 1 White Oak Drive
Littleton 80127
Bradford Intermediate 2 Woodruff
Littleton 80127
Colorow Elementary 6317 S Estes Street
Littleton 80123
Columbine Hills Elementary 6005 W Canyon Avenue
Littleton 80128
Coronado Elementary 7922 S Carr St
Littleton 80128
Dutch Creek Elementary 7304 W Roxbury Place
Littleton 80128
Governor's Ranch Elementary 5354 S Field Street
Littleton 80123
Leawood Elementary 6155 W Leawood Drive
Littleton 80123
Mortensen Elementary 8006 S Iris Way
Littleton 80128
Mt. Carbon Elementary 12776 W Cross Avenue
Littleton 80127
Normandy Elementary
6750 S Kendall Blvd
Littleton 80128
Peiffer Elementary
4997 S Miller Way
Littleton 80127
Powderhorn Elementary
12109 W Coal Mine Avenue
Littleton 80127
Shaffer Elementary
7961 Sangre de Cristo Road
Littleton 80127
Stony Creek Elementary 7203 S Everett Street
Littleton 80128
Ute Meadows Elementary
11050 W Meadows Drive
Littleton 80127
Westridge Elementary
10785 W Alamo Place
Littleton 80127
Middle Schools Address Web Site
Deer Creek Middle 9201 W Columbine Dr
Littleton 80128
Ken Caryl Middle
 6509 W Ken Caryl Avenue
Littleton 80128
Summit Ridge Middle
11809 W Coal Mine Avenue
Littleton 80127
New South Area Middle
Falcon Bluffs Middle

 8449 S Garrison Street
Littleton 80128
Scheduled to open August 2003
High Schools Address Web Site
Chatfield Senior
7227 S Simms Street
Littleton 80127
6201 S Pierce Street
Littleton 80123
Dakota Ridge
13399 W Coal Mine Ave
Littleton 80127

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Local Colleges & Universities within Commuting Distance of Littleton:

Arapahoe Community College
Littleton 303-797-5900
Colorado School of Mines
Golden 303-273-3000
Colorado School of Trades Lakewood 800-233-4697
Community College of Aurora Aurora 303-360-4700
Community College of Denver
Denver 303-556-2600
Colorado Univ. Health Sciences Center
Denver 303-839-6740
Front Range Community College Boulder 303-404-5550
Metropolitan State College Denver 303-556-3876
Red Rocks Community College
Golden 303-420-9550
Regis University
Denver 303-458-4100
University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder 303-492-1411
University of Colorado, Denver Denver 303-556-2400
University of Denver Denver


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