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Renter’s Guide to Littleton, CO
Littleton is a historic, mid-size suburb of Denver, located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. It’s popular with families due to the great selection of local schools, with the city ranking 19th in a list of suburbs with the best schools in Colorado. It also ranks as the 18th best suburb for young professionals in the state, and with proximity to a wealth of employment opportunities, such as the Denver Tech Center, and shorter commute times, it’s easy to see why.
With a population of 45,848, Littleton ranks as the 20th most populous municipality in Colorado, though is less than half the size of some of its neighbors, such as Centennial and Lakewood. Having said that, it is slightly larger than its direct neighbors Englewood and Columbine. It has an area of 13.82 sq. miles, making it over 10 times smaller than Denver.
Downtown Denver is just under 10 miles north of Littleton and can be reached via US-85 in less than 30 minutes. The south part of the city is bordered by the Denver Belt, state highway 470, providing easy access to travel in any direction.
With a semi-arid climate, Littleton has hot summers and cold winters, with around 16 inches of annual rainfall on average, and 66 inches of snow. Summer highs reach around 86°F in July, while lows of 15°F are common in December. The heaviest snow is typically in November and December, with each month seeing averages of around 12 to 13 inches. May is generally the wettest month, with around 2.75 inches of rain.
Cost of Living in Littleton, CO
Littleton is served by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), which provides a light rail system throughout the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area. The city has 2 stations, each served by lines C and D, which provide access to downtown Denver, and terminate in South Littleton. Fares start at $3 for 3 hours of unlimited travel, $6 for a day pass, $28 for a 10-ride ticket book, and $114 for a monthly pass. If you own a private vehicle, you can expect to pay $2.56 per gallon of gasoline, while taxi services generally start at $2.55, plus $2.80 per mile.
Expect to pay anywhere between $40 and $80 for a 3-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant, or around $14 for a meal in an inexpensive restaurant. Fast food combo meals will generally cost about $7.50. You shouldn’t pay much more than $5 for a pint of beer, and your morning coffee will typically set you back $4.30.
Basic utilities will normally cost around $140 per month for water, electricity, heating, cooling, and garbage disposal, based on a 915 sq. ft apartment. In addition, expect to pay an extra $55 per month for a decent internet connection.
Average Rent in Littleton, CO
- Littleton, CO Average Rental Price, February 2020 $1,659 /mo
Littleton, CO Apartment Rent Ranges
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Living in Littleton, CO
Littleton offers the best of both worlds, providing a small town feel, with plenty of open spaces and proximity to state parks, while remaining close enough to the big city to enable you to take advantage of all the amenities on offer. It has a strong sense of community, strengthened by frequent events, great schools, and low crime rates. The city offers splendid views of the mountains, while good public transport links ensure a smooth commute to Denver.
For those looking for a bit more nightlife, Littleton may be lacking somewhat, though Denver is never far away. It’s also not a particularly diverse town. One of the main complaints is that the cost of living has increased over the last few years, making Littleton less affordable than other Denver suburbs.
Things to Do in Littleton, CO
With nearly 1,500 acres of parks and open space, plus rivers, lakes, and proximity to Chatfield State Park, Littleton is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Cyclists will love the 35 miles of bike ways, while hikers have the nearby mountains to explore. Hudson Gardens is a beautiful, free to enter park on the banks of the South Platte River, featuring a wealth of different herb, vegetable, and flower gardens, a cafe, and an outdoor amphitheater, which hosts regular concerts and plays.
Littleton is home to a variety of shopping centers and malls, each providing numerous big name brand stores and restaurants. Aspen Grove is a particularly beautiful outdoor mall with mountain views and a local farmer’s market every Wednesday. It’s also home to the only movie theater in the city. Check out downtown Littleton for a variety of boutique stores, antiques, pubs, and ma and pa restaurants serving a wide variety of dishes from across the globe. It’s also home to the Town Hall Arts Center, a cultural hub that has been showcasing local plays, comedy acts, and musicals for the past 30 years.
Kids and adults alike will love the Littleton Museum, located next to the stunning Ketring park and lake. The museum takes you back in time to an 1800s homestead and working farm, where you can discover the history of the city, as well as how life was back in the old days. There are activities, a gift shop, and chances to interact with the animals.
The city also hosts a number of local, community based events, such as Western Welcome Week each August, which consists of a 10-day street fair in aid of some of the local NGOs. A candlelit walk kicks of the holiday season, while Zombie Crawl and Pig Roast each October is a great way to get into the spirit of Halloween.
Employment & Economy in Littleton, CO
Households in Littleton earn a median annual income of $71,315, which is higher than the state and national averages. The retail trade sector employs the most people in the city, followed by health care and social assistance, and professional, scientific, and technological services. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction is the highest paid industry.
In terms of specific job groups, the most common jobs for residents in Littleton are sales and related occupations, followed by management occupations, and office and administrative support roles. The highest paid residents work in computer & mathematical occupations.
Education in Littleton, CO
Littleton is served by a number of school districts, including Littleton 6 School District, Denver County 1 School District, Jefferson County R-1 School District, and Douglas County Re 1 School District. The top-rated public high school in the city is Heritage High School, which ranks well above average in areas such as college readiness, test scores, and progress. It’s the 2nd top public high school in the county and the 35th best college prep school in Colorado.
The Littleton Academy is the top-rated middle school in the county and accepts students from K-8. Student progress and test scores rank consistently above average. Ranking at #40 in the list of the best public elementary schools in Colorado, Runyon Elementary School is another top-rated elementary school within the city.
The Arapahoe Community College is also located in the city and offers a variety of degrees and certificates in fields ranging from technology and business, to arts and health.
Tips for Renting in Littleton, CO
Living in Littleton provides plenty of benefits for people from all walks of life. One of the key factors when planning a move is where you’ll work. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities in and around Littleton.
If you plan to work in the Denver Tech Center (DTC)/Greenwood Village, it’s just a short drive away, with commute times averaging out at around 25 to 30 minutes. However, a private vehicle is desirable — though not completely necessary — as public transport options require a transfer. On the other hand, if you mean to commute to downtown Denver, public transport options are fantastic. For the best transport links, seek apartments near the freeway (S-85). As well as providing easy access to the freeway itself, both RTD stations are located nearby, one at Aspen Grove, and one in downtown.
Those with private vehicles are advised to take a refresher course in winter driving before the first snowstorms hit, especially if you’ve never driven in snow and ice before.
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