City of Wheat Ridge

The City of Wheat Ridge is a Home Rule Municipality located in Jefferson CountyColoradoUnited States. Wheat Ridge is a western suburb of Denver. The Wheat Ridge Municipal Center is approximately 5 miles (8 km) west-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The city had a population of 30,166 as of the 2010 Census.

 Geography[edit]

Wheat Ridge is located at 39°46′17″N 105°5′46″W (39.771317, -105.096117)[1] with Arvada to the north, Denver to the east, Lakewood and Edgewater to the south, and Golden to the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (24 km2), of which, 9.1 square miles (24 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.22%) is water.

Climate

The climate is described as Humid Continental by the Köppen Climate System, abbreviated as Dfb.[2]

[hide]Climate data for Wheat Ridge, Colorado
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F) 6
(43)
8
(47)
12
(54)
16
(61)
21
(70)
28
(82)
31
(88)
30
(86)
25
(77)
19
(66)
11
(51)
7
(44)
17.8
(64.1)
Average low °C (°F) −9
(15)
−7
(19)
−4
(25)
1
(34)
7
(44)
12
(53)
15
(59)
14
(57)
8
(47)
2
(36)
−5
(23)
−9
(16)
2.1
(35.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 13
(0.5)
13
(0.5)
33
(1.3)
48
(1.9)
58
(2.3)
41
(1.6)
56
(2.2)
46
(1.8)
28
(1.1)
30
(1)
30
(1)
15
(0.6)
411
(15.8)
Source: Weatherbase[3]

History

Although Wheat Ridge is a relatively young incorporated city, it has a rich history based on agriculture and the community’s location along regional travel routes. It grew from a popular rest stop for travelers during the Gold Rush of the late 1850s to a thriving agricultural and suburban community known as the “Carnation City” in the mid 1900s. As the residential areas of unincorporated Jefferson County grew to provide housing to the Denver workforce during the 1950s, the major transportation corridors extending from Denver developed with commercial services. During that era, the formation of numerous utility and fire protection districts provided these unincorporated areas with urban services. Eventually, due to the increasing annexation pressure from nearby municipalities, Wheat Ridge incorporated in 1969.[4]

Wheat Ridge is home to the James H. Baugh house, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The Baugh House is an 1860 hand-hewn log cabin encased in a circa 1904 frame farmhouse, and is one of several historic structures in the Wheat Ridge Historic Park. The Wheat Ridge Historical Society, in cooperation with the Colorado Historical Society and the City of Wheat Ridge, restored the house, which was designated on August 14, 2012.[5]

Today

Wheat Ridge is home to approximately 31,000 residents. Its location as an inner-ring suburb affords residents with many of the conveniences of urban living, though the community still retains its small town character with agricultural roots. Its slow growth, and even slight population decline since 2000, offer stark contrast to the region’s significant population growth over recent years. Additionally, Wheat Ridge’s older population and smaller average household size set it apart it from neighboring communities.

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