Castle Rock has been making headlines and earning recognition around Colorado recently for its wonderful family-friendly – and just plain friendly in general – community. As everyone who lives there knows, Castle Rock has so much to offer its residents, from an active schedule of community programs and activities to high-ranking schools to unique local and small businesses, it’s no wonder it’s one of the fastest growing towns in Colorado! Over the past few months, Castle Rock has been recognized as the Large Community of the Year by the Economic Development Council of Colorado and the Best Colorado City for Families by Apartment List.
Congrats Castle Rock!
Castle Rock Recognized as a Great Place for Families and Businesses
1. Large Community of the Year
The Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) honored the town for its commitment to community planning and economic development. In particular, the EDCC recognized the efforts of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, the Downtown Alliance, and the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce for creating partnerships between the public and private sectors to make responsible decisions that will further the town’s economic growth. Here is a taste of what this team has accomplished over the past year:
- Moving forward with the North Meadows Extension project to make the town more accessible to other communities.
- Implementing a fund that will provide money to private projects that will create jobs or grow the town.
- Investing in the The Move, which will increase office space for technology jobs.
- Partnering with Comcast to provide more businesses with high-speed Internet.
The efforts of this innovative Castle Rock partnership continue to improve the economic outlook of the town, protecting the futures of all Castle Rock residents and promoting local business.
2. Best Colorado City for Families
Apartment List, a website that helps renters to find the perfect place to call home, recently named Castle Rock #1 in Colorado best cities for families. They rated Colorado cities according to four factors: safety (35%), housing cost (30%), school quality (25%), and child friendliness (10%). Castle Rock has a very low violent and property crime rate, an impressive high school graduation rate, and about a third of the town’s population are under 18, meaning that much of town life is geared towards children or is sympathetic to the special needs of families. While Castle Rock’s housing costs are higher than average, the household income in Castle Rock is high as well, and there is plenty of diversity in the housing market in terms of price.
The website also placed Castle Rock at #4 on their list of the best cities in the country for young families. Castle Rock really has the best of both words—a close-knit, small-town feel with economic growth, local businesses, and great job opportunities at the Denver Tech Center.
This little town in the Rockies has a great future ahead of it, providing a safe and fun community in which to raise the next generation of Coloradans!