Arvada is located in Jefferson County and is an easy commute to downtown Denver and the Mile High City's arts and cultural opportunities. Composed primarily of the cities of Arvada, Golden, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, the county also encompasses portions of Westminster and Broomfield. The cities that make up Jefferson County are mostly residential areas still young in development and not heavily inundated with industry and business. Nonetheless, business has begun rising in Jefferson County in recent years due to its quality of life and ideal location within the metro area.
Many of Denver's venues are located within Jefferson County, including the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. A favorite of many top entertainers, Red Rocks has rugged sandstone rock formations that flank the amphitheater, providing excellent acoustics and a stunning frame for Denver's city lights.
The Jefferson County School District is the largest in the state, serving more than 80,000 students from preschool through 12th grade. School enrollment continues to rise, increasing by several thousand students each year. Approved bond issues will allow construction of 18 new schools as well as renovation of many existing facilities.
For those seeking higher education opportunities, Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood offers a comprehensive curriculum in a variety of technical trade fields. In addition, the Colorado School of Mines in Golden is the state's preeminent engineering school and is nationally renowned as one of the country's best colleges. The University of Colorado is also within easy commuting distance.
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