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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Highlands Ranch is a suburb of Denver with a population of 105,147. Highlands Ranch is in Douglas County and is one of the best places to live in Colorado. Living in Highlands Ranch offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Highlands Ranch there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Highlands Ranch and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Highlands Ranch are highly rated.
About Highlands Ranch...
Population
105,147

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$442,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,874
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Highlands Ranch Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Highlands Ranch

Jobs
A+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$120,404
National
$55,322
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Highlands Ranch Reviews

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I grew up and lived in Highlands Ranch my entire life. I've gone to school in the community all my life and the people there are amazing. There are tons of activities to do all year round. There are a ton of great schools there and a bunch of sweet and funny people all around the community. Living in Highlands Ranch my entire life, I have never witnessed an actual crime and the overall safety is amazing. I work at one of the rec centers and not once have I had to deal with any violence or troubles. Overall Highlands Ranch is a very good place to live in. The people there and the overall feeling it gives you really makes you feel welcomed. It is a very great place to live because they offer pretty much everything a person can ask for and much more!
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Highlands Ranch is a great place to start a family. With restaurants nearby, its a very safe and quiet place with an excellent school system. There are trails all throughout the open space for the avid biker or runner, but sometimes it's hard to find things to do at night. There is a main event and a movie theater, but beyond that, expect to take a trip to Denver for excitement. There is a mall which is conveniently located adjacent to Highlands Ranch which is great for shopping!
Highlands Ranch is a safe, clean area with mostly friendly people. The community is healthy and active, with lots of amazing green space set aside for the public. Clearly it’s a great neighborhood for young parents because that’s all I see around here, hah. However, HR lacks any sense of diversity. Nearly every family is a white, straight couple with 2-3 children. Furthermore, nearly every local commercial space is occupied by a chain. You’ll have to drive over to Littleton for any good local food. Furthermore, the neighborhoods were designed in a way that lacks community space and thus makes it difficult to form a community with your neighbors. If you’re looking for that, consider Stapleton.