Wheat Ridge, CO Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wheat Ridge, Colorado - Basic Facts

The City of Wheat Ridge had a population of 31,344 as of July 1, 2016. Wheat Ridge ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Colorado. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Wheat Ridge is located at latitude 39.7727 and longitude -105.1048 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wheat Ridge (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.37 sq. miles and a water area of 0.25 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,459 feet.

The City of Wheat Ridge (GNIS ID: 2412248) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Wheat Ridge is located within Northeast Jefferson Division of Jefferson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wheat Ridge population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Wheat Ridge, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 31,344
Population in Households 30,831
Population in Familes 21,893
Population in Group Qrtrs 513
Population Density1 3,346
Diversity Index2 55


Total Households 14,616
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 7,848
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 15,344 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,363 (48.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,253 (47.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 728 ( 4.7%)
Median Home Value $296,339
Average Home Value $312,843


Median Household Income $49,974
Average Household Income $65,089
Per Capita Income $30,949
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.6% 1.01%
Households 0.71% 1.09%
Families 0.74% 1.03%
Median Household Income   0.79%
Per Capita Income   1.75%
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.

Wheat Ridge, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wheat Ridge to the other 458 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 28 94th
Population Density1 # 32 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 129 72nd
Median Household Income # 270 41st
Per Capita Income # 175 62nd

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