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Castle Rock, Colorado


Population: 74,500

Elevation: 6,224 ft

County: Douglas

Castle Rock is located 26 miles south of Denver. Home to 50 miles of walking and biking trails including “the Rock,” a popular local hiking trail, 300-acre Philip S. Miller regional park, and more than 6,000 acres of open space, Castle Rock is considered to be one of the fastest-growing communities in America.

The town is named for its iconic castle-shaped butte, perched above downtown and ranks among the best both locally and nationally, according to a variety of national publications and studies. Money magazine has recognized Castle Rock in its top places to live numerous times during the past decade. Most recently, in 2021, Castle Rock ranked No. 28. Wallet Hub named Castle Rock one of the Best Small Cities in America and in 2021, Douglas County was ranked the second healthiest community in America.  In 2022, MoneyGeek named Castle Rock the safest small city in Colorado.

Castle Rock is the county seat for Douglas County and home to many government offices and support services. In addition to some large manufacturers and golf courses, the strong retail sector contains a number of large employers.

According to CNN Money Magazine 200 report; July 2007 Workforce Study, Castle Rock has been ranked No. 1 in Job Growth with a 244% increase in jobs since 1990. Most residents are employed in white-collar occupations with 87% of the workforce having some college or post-secondary training. Nearly half of Castle Rock residents work in the metro Denver area and over 40% work locally in Castle Rock.

Looking for more statistics about Castle Rock's economy? Check out their Economic Development Website here.

Residents enjoy a historic district downtown area with plenty of restaurants and some small shops as well as year-round events. Check out the Castle Rock Events Calendar to stay up to date with the latest happenings.

Getting Around

Castle Rock is a great commute regardless of your destination.

  • Downtown Denver – 30 miles, 25 minutes by car
  • Colorado Springs – 40 miles, 35 minutes by car
  • Easy access to major state routes
  • Extensive Bike trail plan to connect the town and the regional bike trail network
  • Pedestrian-friendly Downtown with high walkability
  • Denver International Airport – 47 miles northeast, 45 minutes by car
  • Colorado Springs Municipal Airport – 45 miles south, 45 minutes by car
  • Centennial Airport (general aviation) – 19 miles north, 20 minutes by car