Young woman shopping at the local Farmers market.

Parker, Colorado


Population:  63,385

Elevation: 5,900 ft

County: Douglas

Located in Douglas County, Parker has easy access to the Denver metropolitan area is known for its unique Western-Victorian downtown and its hometown feel. A quick look at the many awards this community has garnered in the past decade, it's not hard to see why this is a highly sought-after home for young families.

This award-winning community has been recognized both locally and nationally by many publications, including The #6 Best Place to Work from Home, the #2 Best Places to Live in America, the #2 Healthiest Places to Live in America US News and World Report, and ranked as one of the Safest City to Live in Colorado

Local Favorite: Don't miss the Wine Walk or The Farmer's Market Parker Days Festival

Parker lives up to its nomination as "Best Place to Raise a Family". Parker Rec manages so many beautiful parks, facilities, and trails in Parker, it's not hard to figure out why this small charming community has been touted as one of the best places in America to live. Check out the Parker Fieldhouse's virtual tour and experience for yourself why Parker residents frequent this popular place - just one of many recreational facilities found in Parker. Parker has many parks and recreational programs for all ages. Explore their page at to learn about their various Youth Sports programs, Facilities and opportunities available.

In Colorado, 7 of 9 Fortune 500 companies are located in South Denver within 10 miles of Parker. These include Arrow, Qurate, Dish, Liberty, Newmont Gold Corp., Western Union and Echostar. Parker is part of South Denver’s strong business ecosystem. Companies locating here, benefit from close proximity to Fortune 500 companies, in addition to the many regional and local companies calling the area home. Other major employers with a South Denver presence include Comcast, Charles Schwabb, Great West Financial, United Healthcare, Parker Adventist Hospital, Jacobs, Jeppeson, and Health One Skyridge.

The Douglas County School District is Colorado's third-largest school district, serving more than 68,000 students in preschool through twelfth-grade. Parents can find many different choices through the District such as open enrollment, charter schools, instruction for gifted and talented students, magnet schools, an International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses, and other special programs.

Looking for Charter school information? Learn more about Parker's charter schools here.

The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce provides a beautiful Magazine and Visitors Guide which showcases the Town and surrounding area. You can also visit the Town of Parker website for more information on living, working and playing in Parker, Colorado.

Click Here to View Parker's Visitors Guide


Getting Around

Parker has easy access to Denver, the Denver Technology Center (DTC), Denver International Airport (DIA) and Centennial Airport. The nearest light rail station is less than 10 miles away in Lone Tree or North on Parker Road to the Aurora Station. The E-470 tollway, Lincoln Avenue, Mainstreet and Hess Road all provide connections to I-25. South Parker Road (Highway 83) is a major north-south roadway that connects Parker to Aurora and Colorado Springs

  • Downtown Denver: 25 miles, 34 minutes by car
  • Colorado Springs: 54 miles, 1 hour by car
  • Denver Tech Center: 10 miles, 15 minutes by car
  • Denver International Airport - 40 miles northeast
  • Centennial Airport - 7 miles west
  • Colorado Springs Municipal Airport - 58 miles south
  • The Regional Transportation District (RTD) serves the community by providing a full menu of rapid transit services, including a call-and-ride system and bus services connecting to surrounding communities and the regional light rail system.