ADAMS COUNTY

County Offices
450 S. Fourth Avenue
Brighton 303-659-2120
www.co.adams.co.us

Chamber of Commerce
500 E. 84th Avenue
Thornton 303-288-1000
www.metronorthchamber.com

Adams County is located on the northern tier of the Denver metropolitan area, approximately 15 mile from the downtown district. Considering the area’s mixed-use characteristics and demographics, Adams County leads the metro area in diversity. The southern and eastern parts of the county are dotted with agriculture and flourishing industries, while the more heavily populated northern communities are home to beautiful office and business parks. Particularly in its eastern stretches, Adams County still supports ranches and farms.

High-tech companies and services thrive in this northern section, evidenced by the largest employer, Alcatel Lucent Technologies. In fact, the Boulder-Denver corridor of U.S. Highway 36 has evolved into a high-tech research corridor where electronics firms are involved in cutting-edge industries like robotics and biotechnology. The growth and development that has marked this area is difficult to comprehend, although the change in population gives a glimpse. The population in 1945 was 45,000. By the late ‘90s, a seven-fold increase sent the census soaring to 315,000.

Services
North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, St. Anthony North Hospital in Westminster, and Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton combine with leading health-care institutions in the Denver area to provide state-of-the-art services to area residents. In one of the healthiest states in the nation, wellness and community programs abound. Major highways and easy access to Denver International Airport ensure a quick and easy trip to key destinations as well as enjoyable commutes. RTD buses and light rail service offer carefree mass transit options for metro travel.

Adams County operates five quality school districts that provide a quality education to area youth. The flexibility of open enrollment allows parents to select the school of their choice when space allows, and charter or private schools ensure even more options. Opportunities for higher education range from two-year institutions like Front Range Community College in Westminster or Red Rocks Community College in nearby Arvada to a number of public and private colleges and universities throughout the metro area.

Lifestyle
While the wealth of cultural attractions and events in nearby Denver could fill every day of the year’s calendar, Adams County residents can access impressive amenities just around the corner from home. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Arvada is nationally recognized for its outstanding theater, concerts, dance, galleries, and historical museum. The center also offers classes or workshops in ceramics, dance, writing, acting, visual arts, and other creative expressions. While the greatest portion of Arvada is located in neighboring Jefferson County, the city actually sprawls into Adams County as well.

The availability of green space, parkland, and recreational facilities is of prime importance to Adams County residents and planners. With Front Range vistas forming the backdrop for many homes and businesses in this region, alpine sports and pleasures are always close at hand for weekend getaways or longer vacations. Housing options in Adams County range from sprawling ranches to cozy bungalows, historic homes, or the most striking of new construction on a spacious and secluded lot. The only challenge in livable Adams County is narrowing down the choice of lifestyles and environments that are waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

 

Brighton
Municipal Offices
303-655-2061
www.brightonco.gov

Chamber of Commerce
303-659-0223
www.brightonchamber.com

Serving as the county seat, Brighton is a city of civic pride and deeply rooted sense of community spirit. Unlike many of Denver’s suburbs, Brighton maintains a geographically independent position within the metropolitan area. New business and industry have a strong and positive impact, strengthening and diversifying the local economy. Brighton enjoys a convenient location off Interstate 76, northwest of Denver International Airport and minutes from downtown Denver. At the same time, residents enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of small-town living and nearby recreational areas like Barr Lake State Park. This progressive community boasts a new $27 million courthouse, community owned hospital, expanding school district, and new $6 million recreation center. Residential development is active, spurred by Brighton’s ideal location and Highway E-470 for even easier commutes. Subdivisions include ambitious projects like the new Bromley Park, where handsome homes in an idyllic “Mayberry” setting will mix with prime office space and a lovely industrial park.

 

Commerce City
Municipal Offices
303-289-3600
www.ci.commerce-city.co.us

Chamber of Commerce
303-288-1000
www.metronorthchamber.com

From early roots as agricultural community, Commerce City is rapidly maturing into a thriving suburb within the Denver metropolitan area. The convergence of major railroad lines and a location that is only minutes away from Interstates 25 and 70 have contributed to the city’s expansion. Future annexations of land will allow civic planners to ensure a high quality of life and balanced growth. Preserving its family oriented lifestyle and strong sense of community, Commerce City has developed a large recreation center and new award-winning Buffalo Run Golf Course. The Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge borders the town and is becoming a destination for national and international visitors. Although hundreds of businesses and major corporations already call Commerce City home, continued development is assured by the transportation efficiencies provided by the E-470 beltway.

 

Federal Heights
Municipal Offices
303-428-3526
www.fedheights.org

Chamber of Commerce
303-288-1000
www.metronorthchamber.com

The residential suburb of Federal Heights consists of businesses and tree-lined neighborhoods in the northern Denver metropolitan area. The community originally received its name from its location along Federal Boulevard. Area youth receive a quality education in the Adams County Northglenn-Thorton 12 School District, while opportunities for a higher education close to home include two-year institutions as well as public and private colleges and universities. With the Front Range of the Rockies as a scenic backdrop, the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District has developed a regional recreational jewel of its own: Water World. This family attraction sprawls over 64 beautifully landscaped acres and offers more than 40 water rides that require 3.5 million gallons of water. Water World is one of the largest family parks of its kind in the nation, adding attractions like golf courses and a $14 million Ice Centre at the Promenade.

 

Northglenn
Municipal Offices
303-450-8755
www.northglenn.org

Chamber of Commerce
303-288-1000
www.metronorthchamber.com

One of the younger master-planned communities in the metro Denver region, Northglenn was designed to include commercial, industrial, recreational, and educational facilities centered around a regional shopping complex. By the 1960s, the new community was enjoying national recognition in major magazines and Northglenn Mall became a reality. Northglenn enjoys a strategic location along Interstate 25 but also the major east/west arteries in the north metro area: 104th and 120th Avenues. Modern Northglenn serves as the hub of the flourishing north metro communities, providing a variety of employment opportunities and a pleasing mix of housing. Decades of construction have resulted in a housing selection that features various architectural styles, home sizes, and price ranges. Webster Lake and the Northglenn Recreation Center highlight the city’s many lush parks, open spaces, and greenway trails. For outdoor adventure, the four-season playground of the Rocky Mountains is conveniently close to home.

 

Thornton
Municipal Offices
303-538-7200
www.cityofthornton.net

Chamber of Commerce
303-288-1000
www.metronorthchamber.com

A diverse community with a proven commitment to quality of life and environmental considerations, Thornton is consistently ranked among the nation’s most desirable addresses. Situated just 10 miles north of downtown Denver adjacent to Interstate 25, the city’s prime location encourages quality business, recreational, and residential development. Eight major universities and colleges are available within a 45 mile radius of Thornton. The city has forged an aggressive plan to develop recreational facilities, preserving nearly 1,000 acres for use as public parkland. Lighted tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, state-of-the-art recreation centers, and gyms are just a few of the options for exercise and relaxation. Set into a ridge above the surrounding countryside, Thornton enjoys panoramic vistas of mountains, city lights, and fertile valleys. Leading corporations and smaller businesses ensure a dynamic local economy.

 

Westminster
Municipal Offices
303-430-2400
www.ci.westminster.co.us

Chamber of Commerce
303-288-1000
www.metronorthchamber.com

Straddling Adams and Jefferson Counties, the community of Westminster covers an area that was once farmland and ranches. Ideally situated between Denver and Boulder on U.S. 36 and Interstate 25, the town offers local business and residents a multitude of amenities. West 104th Avenue crosses the city for direct access to Denver International Airport. An award-winning City Park Recreation Center, 1,200 acres of open space, 40 miles of multi-purpose trails, golf courses, lush parks, tennis courts, and lake recreation area are just a few of the options for leisure activity. Other local attractions include Westminster Mall, the nationally recognized Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, the Westminster Promenade commercial complex, a major hotel and conference center, and premier ice-skating facility. The environment and architectural awards garnered by the new civic facilities reflect the commitment to quality of life. More than 100 high-tech industries and small businesses flourish in this progressive area, assisted by an acclaimed development center at Front Range Community College.

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