|Official Name:||Town of Parker, Colorado|
|Subdivision Name2:||Douglas County|
|Government Type:||Home Rule Municipality|
|Leader Name:||David Casiano|
|Established Date2:||May 1981|
|Area Total Km2:||37.8|
|Area Land Km2:||37.8|
|Area Water Km2:||0|
|Area Total Sq Mi:||14.6|
|Area Land Sq Mi:||14.6|
|Area Water Sq Mi:||0|
|Population As Of:||2000|
|Population Density Km2:||623.2|
|Population Density Sq Mi:||1613.6|
|Utc Offset Dst:||-6|
|Elevation Footnotes:||Web site: Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25.|
|Postal Code Type:||ZIP codes|
|Postal Code:||80134, 80138|
|Area Code:||Both 303 and 720|
|Blank Name:||FIPS code|
|Blank1 Name:||GNIS feature ID|
The Town of Parker is a Home Rule Municipality in Douglas County, Colorado, United States. As a self-declared "Town" under the Home Rule Statutes, Parker is the most populous town in the county. In recent years, Parker has become a commuter town at the southeasternmost corner of the Denver Metropolitan Area. As of the U.S. Census 2000, the town population was 23,558. Its population as of 2006 is estimated at 41,406, over 145 times its population of 285 when Parker incorporated in 1981. Parker is now the 17th most populous municipality in the State of Colorado.
Parker is located at (39.519488, -104.765833).Web site: States Census Bureau] US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990]. 2011-04-23. 2011-02-12.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.6 square miles (37.8 km²). 14.6 square miles (37.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 sq mi or 0.14%) of it is water.
As of the censusWeb site: States Census Bureau] American FactFinder]. 2008-01-31. of 2000, there were 23,558 people, 7,929 households, and 6,525 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,615.2 people per square mile (623.4/km²). There were 8,352 housing units at an average density of 572.6/sq mi (221.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.60% White, 1.71% Asian, 1.01% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.88% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.80% of the population.
There were 7,929 households out of which 52.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the town the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 43.4% from 25 to 44, 15.0% from 45 to 64, and 2.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $74,116, and the median income for a family was $77,384 (these figures had risen to $80,679 and $89,154 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $52,070 versus $35,700 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,479. About 1.7% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.
Parker currently has two local papers, The Parker Chronicle, The Douglas County News/Press, and also receives The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Parker also receives the county-wide channel, Douglas County 8, which broadcasts school sports events and assorted programs run by residents. The channel is sponsored by Comcast.
Parker is served by Douglas County School District RE-1. The Douglas County School District has the highest level of students in Colorado. Additionally, the Douglas County School District is rated second in education in the entire U.S. One of the best elementary schools in Parker is Pine Lane Primary and Intermediate. The Pine Lane Elementary Schools had the largest student enrollment in Parker until Mammoth Heights Elementary opened in January 2007 and took the overload.The two principal high schools in the area, Ponderosa and Chaparral, have a cross-town rivalry and compete annually for The Pride of Parker trophy. Legend High School opened in 2008, as Douglas County's ninth High School.Private schools in Parker include:
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