City of Wheat Ridge is a Home Rule
Municipality located in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Wheat Ridge is a western suburb of Denver.
Ridge Municipal Center is only west-northwest of the Colorado State
Capitol in Denver.
United States Census
estimates that the city population was 31,242 on
Wheat Ridge is located at (39.771317, -105.096117) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
9.1 square miles
), of which, 9.1 square
miles (23.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles
(0.1 km²) of it (0.22%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 32,913
people, 14,559 households, and 8,313 families residing in the city.
The population density
3,621.0 people per square mile (1,398.0/km²). There were 14,931
housing units at an average density of 1,642.7/sq mi
(634.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.21% White
, 0.84% African American
, 0.12% Pacific Islander
, 4.99% from
, and 2.55%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 13.47% of the
There were 14,559 households out of which 25.0% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples
living together, 11.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families.
35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age
of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to
64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,983, and the
median income for a family was $47,512. Males had a median income
of $36,711 versus $28,370 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$22,636. About 5.9% of families and 8.9% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 11.5%
of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.
Wheat Ridge was founded as a community in 1859. It was a farming
community that supported Denver and nearby mining communities, and
became the largest producer of carnations worldwide until the
mid-20th century. Wheat Ridge did not incorporate until August
1969, when it was faced with annexation by surrounding cities. It
currently has a Colorado State Historical Site. The Wheat Ridge Historical
, in cooperation with the Colorado Historical Society
and the City of Wheat Ridge, is in the process of restoring one of
the first log cabins still on the same site. The building, which is
known as the Baugh Cabin, is anticipated to have restoration
completed before 2008
- Todd Dunivant (1980- ), defenseman
for the MLS side Toronto FC
- Tim Gill (1953- ), co-founder of
Quark, Inc. and LGBT rights activist
- Bill Harmsen (1912-2002), candy
maker, art collector, and co-founder of the Jolly Rancher Candy
- Dorothy Harmsen (1914-2006),
candy maker, art collector, and co-founder of the Jolly Rancher Candy
- Mark Johnson (1975- ),
- Ron Kiefel (1960- ), professional
cyclist and Olympic medalist
- Dave Logan (1954- ), NFL player, football coach, radio and television
- Dean Reed (1938-1986), actor,
director, singer, and songwriter.
- Daniel Schaefer (1936-2006),
- Fred Steinmark (1949-1971),
American football player and