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Highlands Ranch, Colorado - Basic Facts

The Highlands Ranch Census Designated Place had a population of 108,087 as of July 1, 2020. Highlands Ranch 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 Highlands Ranch is located at latitude 39.5539 and longitude -104.9694 in Douglas County. The formal boundaries for the Highlands Ranch Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 24.27 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Douglas County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,695 feet.

The Highlands Ranch Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408386) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Highlands Ranch Census Designated Place is located within Sedalia Division of Douglas County.


Highlands Ranch, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 108,087 (100%)
Population in Households 108,075 (100.0%)
Population in Families 96,461 (89.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 12 ( 0.0%)
Population Density 4,454
Diversity Index2 38


Median Household Income $127,503
Average Household Income $158,572
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $55,475
Wealth Index5 209


Total HU (Housing Units) 38,833 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,548 (76.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,154 (21.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,131 ( 2.9%)
Median Home Value $474,528
Average Home Value $530,149
Housing Affordability Index3 158


Total Households 37,702
Average Household Size 2.87
Family Households 29,138
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.09% 1.66%
Households 1.0% 1.61%
Families 0.92% 1.52%
Median Household Income   1.4%
Per Capita Income   1.77%
Owner Occupied HU   1.73%


Highlands Ranch, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Highlands Ranch to the other 459 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 Density # 17 97th
Median Household Income # 23 95th
Housing Affordability Index # 332 72nd
Per Capita Income # 47 90th
Diversity Index # 208 54th

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