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The Cities and communities of Douglas County, Colorado*



Acres Green, Aurora (portion)
Beverly Hills
Carriage Club, Cassler, Castle Pines, Castle Pines North, Castle Pines Village, Castle Rock (County Seat), Cottonwood
Dakan, Deckers
Franktown
Gateway, Grand View Estates, Greenland
Happy Canyon, Heritage Hills, Highlands Ranch
Larkspur, Littleton (portion), Lone Tree, Louviers
Meridian, Monte Vista Estates
Parker, Perry Park, Pine Nook
Roxborough Park
Sedalia, Shamballah-Ashrama, Silver Heights, Stonegate
The Pinery
Tomah
Westcreek

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

If you have information about any of these unlinked communities, please send it to us and we will add a page for that community. Some of these places above may only be neighborhoods or local area names and are not listed with the census at all or just included in a larger surrounding designated census area..

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Information & Facts about Douglas County, Colorado


Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Government

Official Douglas County Website

County Executive Building
100 Third St
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: (303) 660-7400

Douglas County is south of Denver

Douglas County Government

The county is led by three county commissioners, who are elected for four-year terms.
Douglas County has a Statutory County form of government.  It is governed by a Board of three County Commissioners

To find out about records kept in the County, go to this page (ie death, marriage, birth, social security, etc)

Douglas County Sherriff's Office

There are four incorporated towns in Douglas County - Castle Rock (the county seat), Larkspur, Lone Tree, and Parker.

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Population:

1980 - 25,000
1994 - 85,000
2000 - 175,766
2003 - 215,226

Population Density:
2000 - 209 persons per square mile

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Location:

Douglas County is southwest of Denver. It is between Denver and Colorado Springs.
Surrounding counties are: Jefferson County to the West, Arapahoe County to the north and Elbert County to the East. On the South are Teller County and El Paso County.

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Climate:

Temperature ranges in Douglas County:
12.2 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 86.3 degrees in July.

In some areas of the county, the weather is unpredictable and changes rapidly with summer storms and snowy winter weather.

Average annual rainfall: 13.19 inches
Average annual precipitation: 16.85 inches
Average annual snowfall: 58.5 inches
Average summer temperature: 63.8 F.
Average winter temperature: 31.8 F.
The climate is relatively mild with sunshine most of the year

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Income:
2000 - $82,929

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $35,452

Median age:
2000 - 31.61 years

Housing Units:
2000 - 63,333

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History:

Douglas County History Research Center for Douglas County

Douglas County was one of the original 17 counties created in the Colorado Territory by the Colorado Territorial Legislature on 1861-11-01. The county was named for U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois, who died five months before the county was created. It has been a county since 1858 and was incorporated as a county in 1861. The county seat was originally Franktown, but was moved to California Ranch in 1863, and then to Castle Rock in 1874. At one time, the edge of the county went all the way to the Kansas border, but In 1874, the eastern portions of the county became part of Elbert County.

Douglas County has served as a gateway and a major thoroughfare into Pike's Peak country since 1858.
There is no area adjacent to Denver with more prehistoric and modern history than this county.

Two of the three major immigrant trails into the Pike's Peak region crossed Douglas County,

With the discovery of gold at Russellville, many new people came into the area seeking for gold, but eventually wound up settling here in the late 1850's.

Try this history page for the county

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Geography:

Total area: 843 square miles
Land area: 840 square miles
Water area: 3 square miles

The county is near the middle of the state of Colorado.

Douglas County's boundaries extend 20 miles on the north, 30 miles on the south, and 30 miles in depth.

Elevations range from 5,400 feet along the prairies in the northeast, to 9,836 feet at Thunder Butte in the Pike National Forest

Three distinct topographical regions, the mountains, the foothills, and the plains span the county; their geological development bridges eons of time.

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Genealogy:

US GenWeb page for Douglas County
Kindred Trails page for Douglas County
Cemeteries of Douglas County
Linkpendium page for Douglas County
Genealogy Trails page for Douglas County


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Libraries:

Douglas County Library

Administrative offices
961 S. Plum Creek Blvd
In Castle Rock, Colorado
Phone: (303) 688-8752

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Schools:

Douglas County Schools
Wilcox Building
620 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: (303) 387-0100

Arapahoe Community College
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, Colorado 80160
Phone: 303-797-4222
Mailing address: P.O. Box 9002, Littleton, CO 80160-9002

The University Center at Chaparral
15653 Brookstone Drive Parker CO 80134 303-734-4UCC

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Economy:

Douglas County Economic Development

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Organizations & Groups

Denver Regional Council of Governments
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) fosters regional cooperation between county and municipal governments in the Denver metropolitan area.

Douglas County Volunteer Coalition

Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce
300 W. Plaza Drive, Suite 225, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303-791-3500

Partnership of Douglas County Government
City of Lone Tree
9220 Kimmer Drive, Suite 100
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Phone: 303.708.1818 ext.172

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce
6840 South University Blvd
Centennial, CO 80122
Phone: 303-795-0142

Zonta Club of Douglas County
Working together to make Douglas County and the world a better place for women
P.O. Box 928
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-313-9151

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Attractions & Other Information

Castlewood Canyon State Park
2989 South Highway 83
Franktown, CO 80116
Phone: 303-688-5242

Chatfield State Park
11500 N. Roxborough Park Road
Littleton, CO 80125
Phone: 303-791-7275

Colorado Rennaisance Festival and Artisan Marketplace
Near Castle Rock
(303) 688-6010 / Toll Free (877) 259-3328


Douglas County Fairgrounds & Events Center
Between Denver and Colorado Springs in Castle Rock

Douglas County Fair and Rodeo
The fair is held the first week in August each year in Castle Rock at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. There are both County rodeos and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events. Also featured at the fair are a parade, 4-H competitions, barbeques, food, games, breakfast, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and much more.

For more information, call the Douglas County CSU Extension office, 688-3096.

Things to see and do in the Douglas County area

The Douglas County News-Press Newspaper

Parks and Trails in the area

Relocation to Douglas County

Roxborough State Park
4751 North Roxborough Drive Littleton, CO 80125
Phone: 303-973-3959

The Wildlife Experience
More than a Museum!
We are an interactive museum that connects the community with wildlife and habitats to teach them how they can have a positive effect on the environment... all while having fun!

10035 South Peoria
Parker, CO 80134
Phone: 720-488-3300

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