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Castle Rock, Colorado
On Grassy Rolling Hills Under a Massive, Majestic Blue Sky, Castle Rock Has a Charming Downtown and Sleek, Safe Neighborhoods
Castle Rock is nestled in grassy, gently rolling hills under a massive, majestic blue sky about 30 miles south of Colorado's capital city of Denver. It is 15 miles east of the Rocky Mountain foothills and has sweeping prairie and mountain views to the west and southwest, including that of rugged Pikes Peak.
Once a sleepy mining outpost, Castle Rock today is primarily a prosperous, spread-out residential community, although vestiges of its rural Western roots are still visible through its feed stores, saddle shops, corrals, etc. that are sprinkled about town. The chamring downtown has one main street running through it. Most businesses and government buildings are along this street and a few that radiate from it. A large outlet mall is on the northern edge of town. Nearly 30% percent of Castle Rock's land is open space and subdivisions are separated by open prairie. Older, organic neighborhoods mix with sleek new master planned communities, the largest of which is The Meadows. Restaurants are high-end, low-end and primarily national chains, although a few local eateries have some die hard fans. Seven golf courses are in and around town.
Residents are generally affluent and well-educated, with many commuting along Interstate 25 to work in south Denver's high-tech corridor. The town is named after an imposing, castle-shaped rock on a nearby bluff.
Population: 77,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 29%
Cost of Living: 45% above the national average
Median Home Price: $640,000
Climate: The city has a semi-arid climate and sits at 6,210 feet above sea level. Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30, 40s and 50s. The area receives 15 inches of rain and 60 inches of snow per year on average. Humidity is practically non-existent.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes, and two other very good hospitals are within 10 to 12 miles.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it has a book club, free wi-fi, public access computers and rotating art exhibits.
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 48%
Is Colorado Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hail storms occur fairly frequently.
Notes: The median home price has increased 8% since a year ago. Castle Rock has boomed by 75% during the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Similar to California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.
The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.
With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.
The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
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