Littleton, Colorado

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Littleton, Colorado
City
City of Littleton
Littleton Town Hall, built 1920. Jacques Benedict, architect
Littleton Town Hall, built 1920. Jacques Benedict, architect
Location in Arapahoe County and the state of Colorado
Location in Arapahoe County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°35′59″N 105°0′39″W / 39.59972°N 105.01083°W / 39.59972; -105.01083Coordinates: 39°35′59″N 105°0′39″W / 39.59972°N 105.01083°W / 39.59972; -105.01083
Country United States
State Colorado
Counties Arapahoe County Seat[1]
Jefferson County
Douglas County
Incorporated March 13, 1890[2]
Named for Richard Little
Government
 • Type Council–manager government
 • Mayor Debbie Brinkman
Area
 • Total 13.9 sq mi (36.1 km2)
 • Land 13.5 sq mi (35 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation[3] 5,351 ft (1,631 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 41,737
 • Density 2,902.2/sq mi (1,117.5/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[4] 80120-80130, 80160-80163 (PO Boxes), 80165, 80166
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-45255
GNIS feature ID 0169446
Highways US 85, SH 75, SH 88, SH 470
Website City of Littleton

Littleton is a Home Rule Municipality as contained in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties[5] in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is a suburb of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the county seat of Arapahoe County[6] and the 20th most populous city in the state of Colorado. The population was 41,737 at the 2010 census.

The city of Littleton's history dates back to the 1859 Pike's Peak Gold Rush, which brought not only gold seekers, but merchants and farmers to the community. Richard Sullivan Little was an engineer from New Hampshire that made his way out west to work on irrigation systems. Little quickly fell in love with the area that is present day Littleton and brought his wife Angeline out from the East in 1862. The Littles, along with many neighbors, built the Rough and Ready Flour Mill in 1867, which provided a solid economic base in the community. By 1890, the community had grown to 245 people and the residents voted to incorporate the Town of Littleton.[7]

The Colorado Center for the Blind, a skills training program for blind teenagers and adults operated by the National Federation of the Blind, is located in Littleton. Denver Seminary is in Littleton.

Intelligent Vehicle Safety Technologies' "Desert Tortoise," a competitor in the DARPA Grand Challenge, is based in Littleton.

The city is also the site of the grave of Alferd Packer, an American prospector and the only convicted cannibal in the United States.[citation needed]

Littleton became widely known in 1999 when the Columbine High School massacre occurred at nearby Columbine High School, which the news media erroneously reported as being located in the city. The school is actually located in Columbine, an unincorporated community in Jefferson County, yet in a ZIP code associated primarily with Littleton. The school is in the Jefferson County school system and is not one of the Littleton Public Schools.

Geography[edit]

Littleton is located at 39°35′59″N 105°0′39″W / 39.59972°N 105.01083°W / 39.59972; -105.01083 (39.599691, −105.010929).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.9 sq mi (36.1 km2), of which, 13.5 sq mi (35.0 km2) of it is land and 0.42 sq mi (1.1 km2) of it (2.95%) is water.

Littleton is a suburb south of Denver, on the west side of I-25. Since July 2000, it has been served by the Regional Transportation District's light rail system.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Littleton, Colorado (Elevation 5,310ft)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 72
(22)
76
(24)
86
(30)
88
(31)
90
(32)
98
(37)
99
(37)
98
(37)
94
(34)
88
(31)
82
(28)
76
(24)
99
(37)
Average high °F (°C) 43.8
(6.6)
47.2
(8.4)
53.9
(12.2)
62.6
(17)
69.4
(20.8)
80.3
(26.8)
85.4
(29.7)
82.7
(28.2)
75.4
(24.1)
64.1
(17.8)
51.0
(10.6)
43.0
(6.1)
63.2
(17.3)
Average low °F (°C) 15.3
(−9.3)
19.1
(−7.2)
27.7
(−2.4)
35.1
(1.7)
43.4
(6.3)
52.6
(11.4)
57.6
(14.2)
55.8
(13.2)
46.6
(8.1)
33.7
(0.9)
22.8
(−5.1)
15.0
(−9.4)
35.4
(1.9)
Record low °F (°C) −20
(−29)
−23
(−31)
−5
(−21)
6
(−14)
21
(−6)
36
(2)
44
(7)
42
(6)
17
(−8)
2
(−17)
−2
(−19)
−29
(−34)
−29
(−34)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.36
(9.1)
0.47
(11.9)
1.44
(36.6)
1.50
(38.1)
2.75
(69.9)
1.88
(47.8)
1.89
(48)
1.99
(50.5)
1.09
(27.7)
1.23
(31.2)
1.14
(29)
0.64
(16.3)
16.39
(416.3)
Snowfall inches (cm) 8.9
(22.6)
7.8
(19.8)
11.9
(30.2)
7.8
(19.8)
0.6
(1.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.9
(2.3)
3.0
(7.6)
12.2
(31)
12.7
(32.3)
65.7
(166.9)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 738
1910 1,373 86.0%
1920 1,635 19.1%
1930 2,019 23.5%
1940 2,244 11.1%
1950 3,378 50.5%
1960 13,670 304.7%
1970 26,466 93.6%
1980 26,631 0.6%
1990 33,685 26.5%
2000 40,340 19.8%
2010 41,737 3.5%
Est. 2011 42,639 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

As of the census[10] of 2000 there were 40,340 people; 17,313 households; and 10,387 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,984.8 people per square mile (1,152.0/km²). There were 18,084 housing units at an average density of 1,338.0 per square mile (516.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.77% White, 1.16% African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.66% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.67% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.45% of the population.

There were 17,313 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,583, and the median income for a family was $64,671. Males had a median income of $43,698 versus $33,377 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,681. About 3.9% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Noted residents[edit]

American composer, arranger and pianist Dave Grusin was born and raised in Littleton. Winner of an Academy Award and numerous Grammys.

Matt Stone attended Heritage High School in Littleton, and aspects of his animated television show South Park are loosely based on the city. The South Park series editor Thomas M. Vogt is from Littleton.

Several actors were born and raised in Littleton, including Emmy-nominated actress Molly Burnett from NBC's Days of our Lives, Melissa Benoist who plays Marley Rose on the hit show Glee, and Hollywood Heights star Cody Longo.

Actor Hayden Byerly who plays Jude Jacob Adams Foster on the hit show The Fosters was raised in Littleton until the age of ten.

The band R5, including Ross Lynch, star of Disney Channel show Austin and Ally, were born here.

Littleton is the present home of former San Francisco Giant Dave Dravecky and IFBB professional bodybuilder Heather Armbrust,

Education[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

  • Bega, New South Wales, Australia

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood has a Littleton mailing address, but is not in proximity to Littleton.[11] It is in unincorporated Jefferson County.[12]

Community events[edit]

Western Welcome Week
Since the late 1920s, Littleton has celebrated Western Welcome Week - an annual com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion in the greater Littleton area. Western Welcome Week started in the late 1920s, and has been held every year since. Western Welcome Week includes over 40 events ben­e­fiting dozens of local civic and char­i­table organizations. Western Welcome Week

Candlelight Walk
The Candlelight Walk is a Littleton tradition, featuring an evening of holiday festivities, culminating in the illumination of the trees on Main Street.

Community organizations[edit]

Neighboring communities with ZIP codes assigned to Littleton[edit]

The place name “Littleton” is assigned to eleven ZIP codes which cover a vast area west, east and south of the city that is much larger than the city itself. Thus addresses in the following unincorporated communities may erroneously be assumed to be in Littleton:

An extreme southwest portion of the City and County of Denver, notably the Marston neighborhood, is also located in a zip code that carries the Littleton name.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 14, 2007. 
  5. ^ http://www.dola.state.co.us/dlg/local_governments/municipalities.html
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ http://www.littletongov.org/history/genhist.asp
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Jones, Rebecca. "Article: PRISON HAS A FIELD OF VISION.(Spotlight)." Rocky Mountain News. May 2, 1999. Retrieved on July 28, 2010.
  12. ^ "FCI Englewood Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on July 28, 2010.

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