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Highlands Ranch, Colorado - Basic Facts

The Highlands Ranch Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Douglas County at latitude 39.5539 and longitude -104.9694. Douglas County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,695 feet.

The formal official name is the Highlands Ranch Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

The U5 Census Class Code for Highlands Ranch indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Highlands Ranch Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 24.27 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles.

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Highlands Ranch, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 101,100
Population in Households 101,088
Population in Familes 90,333
Population in Group Qrtrs 12
Population Density1 4,167
Diversity Index2 34


Total Households 35,846
Average Household Size 2.82
Family Households 27,736
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 37,124 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 28,513 (76.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,332 (19.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,278 ( 3.4%)
Median Home Value $367,354
Average Home Value $407,528


Median Household Income $113,573
Average Household Income $139,859
Per Capita Income $49,709
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.05% 0.67%
Households 1.21% 0.89%
Families 1.05% 0.79%
Median Household Income   2.65%
Per Capita Income   3.21%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Highlands Ranch, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Highlands Ranch to the other 458 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 11 98th
Population Density1 # 17 97th
Diversity Index2 # 239 48th
Median Household Income # 23 95th
Per Capita Income # 45 90th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Colorado Census Data Comparison Tool.