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Arvada, Colorado

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Welcome to Arvada ...

The city of Arvada is primarily located in Jefferson County. A portion of Arvada extends into Adams County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Arvada has a population of 118,807 people<1> (see below for details).

Arvada was established in 1858 and was incorporated August 24, 1904.

The community of Arvada was originally named Ralston Creek.

From Place Names in Colorado,<2> the origin of Arvada is described as "Named after Hiram Arvada Hoskins, brother-in-law of the founder B.F. Wadsworth."

Arvada is 5,360 feet [1,634 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Arvada is 1 mile [or ~1¾ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Arvada lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Arvada: (303) and (720)<4>

The ZIP codes for Arvada: 80001-80007<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Arvada had a population of 106,433 people (or 19.91% of the total population of Jefferson County). This makes Arvada the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Arvada represents 2.12% of the total population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 8th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 106,433 people, the population of Arvada increased 4.19% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 102,153 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Arvada had an population of 118,807 people. This is an increase of 11.63% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.3% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Arvada.

Communities near Arvada ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if driven.<6>.

Community   2017
Aurora   [Map]   366,623   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Boulder   [Map]   107,125   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Brighton   [Map]   40,562   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Broomfield   [Map]   68,341   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
Centennial   [Map]   110,250   SE   18 miles [29 km]
Commerce City   [Map]   55,923   E   16 miles [25.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Arvada.

Communities Also Named Arvada ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Arvada - it's located in Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Arvada.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Arvada. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Arvada. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Arvada. Our list includes 7 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Arvada:

Websites for Arvada ...

Official Website:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Arvada ...

Looking for more information about Arvada? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Arvada, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Arvada.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Colorado

About Jefferson County

About Colorado

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Arvada:

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Colorado:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Arvada.

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<2>The full book title is Place Names in Colorado: Why 700 Communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. See our References and Mentions section for Arvada.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Arvada - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (720) is an overlay for area code (303).

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Arvada). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Arvada or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Arvada includes: 80001, 80002, 80003, 80004, 80005, 80006 & 80007.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Arvada) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Arvada. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Arvada

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arvada. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.8048, Longitude: -105.0871     [Map].

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