Highland is simply, connected to everything Denver. The town of Highland was laid out in 1858 by William Larimer, Jr., who is the namesake for the amply strung street of year-round twinkle lights called Larimer Sq., in the heart of downtown Denver.  Larimer founded Denver City in 1859 when the Highland town company also formed.
“No more handsome location for residences can be found than in Highland.” Larimer

The Fifteenth Street Bridge made the western hills accessible and as the years passed, streetcars made the area even easier to reach.  And, 1892, the young men of Highland formed the North Denver Athletic Club, which gave them facilities similar to those enjoyed at the Denver Athletic Club, playground of Denver’s elite.  Now, fast forward.
The beauty of old growth, tree-lined streets, towering Victorians, and quaint Bungalows overflowing with colorful wild flower gardens and green-scraping, is still the blueprint for Highland, just minutes from, well, anywhere you want to go.

Highland is the “it place to be”, says one of the largest groups of singles in Denver.  This community has Hispanic heritage, and is featured in Travel and Leisure Magazine and well as Nat Geo Travel.  Highland has experienced amazing growth over the past few years and is overflowing with mouthwatering restaurants, fashion forward boutiques and jewel-box homes.  But more than that, Highland is simply beyond the trends of conventional “cool”.

But, lets get right to one of the more unique aspects of Highland.  Not only is it a younger, professional community but, it boasts two single men for every one single woman.  Wow Nelly!!!!  This is not urban legend, although some demographics say little about this fact, but we are here to tell you that the stats are wrong. This fact sets the entire community apart for the ladies.  And adding to its friendly profile, Highland is considered notably “gay-friendly”.

“Not only are there several gay-owned businesses (BOA, Gallop and The Corner Boutique Framing to name a few), but the up-and-coming eclectic neighborhood is also welcoming to all walks of life.  As a result, a bevy of new restaurants, salons, cafés and other top-notch establishments have elevated this community to one of the most sought-after locales in Denver.”  Out Front

And people are dying, literally, to get into one of the most innovative restaurants in Denver:  Linger Restaurant and rooftop bar is in the now classy Olinger Mortuary whose neon flashing sign has been a landmark for decades.  Yep, no kidding, and the menu will bury you in European, Eurasian, West Indian and African dishes to corner the market on great five star food.  It has been whispered that you don’t have a ghost of a chance to get a reservation.  Shhhhh.

Restaurants in Highlands Square serve up an array of fare, from Mexican and Caribbean cuisine, sushi and seafood flown in every day, to Wine, Sake, and Martini bars that are hopping late into the night.  This area is simply Happy Hour Happy and only minutes from downtown. Williams & Graham, a new speakeasy with a large wooden bar, cozy booths, elegant fusion cocktails, is one of the new best bars. But in the end, Highland always exudes an air of fun and play, day or night.

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With the Tennyson Street Cultural District near by featuring art galleries, antique print stores, a thriving music venue and late night food, there is ample parking as you tuck in for the night with great performance art and fine dining.  The Navajo Street Art district is also one of the best-kept secrets in town.

Young families are finding that the schools are just what the family ordered and that the nearby parks and lakes are amazing.  There are over 20 private and public school in and within a mile of Highland.  From Montessori to the talked about Denver Academy and the bi-lingual schools in this area, there are fabulous educational opportunities for families.  Reviews boast five star satisfaction.

Best community of parents and teachers around”! —Submitted by a parent

Highland is a cab away from the bustle of downtown and concerts at the Pepsi Center,  minutes from the interstate and yet, it feels like you have lived there for generations in homes that are now trendy rehabs with artistic flare and bungalows that feel shine like painted ladies.  Or, you can call home an ultra modern loft apartment.

There are three large parks:  Sloan’s Lake with it infamous goose population, Rocky Mountain Lake and Berkeley Park.  From First Fridays Art Stroll, the Highlands Street Fair with it classic car show, or the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival celebrating Asian culture, there is nothing to want for in this tight knit community.  Oh, and if you did not know, Denver is biker friendly with bike lanes for those who cycle to work.

And the Highland United Neighbors Inc. has what they call HUNI Hour, which provides a fun and social way to meet your neighbors and local business owners once a month. There is the 32nd Ave. Farmers Market on weekends, A Taste of Highland with its beer and wine garden and Highland is so fortunate to have one of the best wine stores anywhere, Mondo Vino.  But, for those who have thrift on your mind, Dragonfly is one of the most iconic upscale, second hand clothing stores…well…in the universe, who has been in Highland for nearly 20 years.  Vintage at its best and stylish recycles are abundant.

Safe, a walk-around-town neighborhood, kid and dog friendly to the nth degree, Highland is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the Denver area.  If you are looking for a neighborhood on the verge, look no further than Highland.

Highland Demographics:

Population Demographics

Total Population42,394
Male Population22,014
Female Population20,381
Median Age34.55

Occupational employment

White Collar79.19 %
Blue Collar20.82 %

Number of Households

Total Households21,334
Family Households8,300
Non-family Households13,034
Households With Children3,612
Households Without Children17,719
Average People Per Household1.78

Education Statistics

No High School1,990
Some High School2,113
Some College4,550
Associate Degree1,293
Bachelors Degree8,056
Graduate Degree5,508

Marital Status in

Never Married12,912
Married11,455

Household Income and Average Income

Median Income Under 25$25,020
Median Income 25-34$49,189
Median Income 35-44$54,850
Median Income 45-54$62,601
Median Income 55-64$58,981
Median Income 65-74$44,017
Median Income Over 75$33,534
Average Household Income$73,558
Median Household Income$50,770
Average Household Net Worth$553,803
Median Home Sale Price$312,962

Averages Weather

Average High in January46.70° F
Average Low in January15.60° F
Average High in July88.30° F
Average Low in July54.70° F
Annual Precipitation18.17 in.
Air Pollution Index94.00

Crime Rate and Statistics

National Average

Below Average

Above Average

100

Total Crime Risk

204

Personal Crime Risk

167

Murder Risk

129

Robbery Risk

178

Assault Risk

161

Property Crime Risk

197

Burglary Risk

158

Larceny Risk

137

 

Sex Offenders:  Again nothing for Highland, so Wheatridge was closest. 

According to our research of Colorado and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Wheat Ridge as of September 24, 2014.

The ratio of number of residents in Wheat Ridge to the number of sex offenders is 30,717 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a lot smaller than the state average.

NOTE:  SOME PEOPLE SAY “HIGHLAND”  OTHERS REFER TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS “HIGHLANDS”.  WHICH IS IT FOR YOUR PURPOSES?