A small town with a big heart, Parker is a place rooted in history and heritage. From the historic downtown and parks, trails and wide open spaces, to the cultural arts center and engaging events like Barker Days and the Christmas Carriage Parade, you’re sure to find that Parker is indeed your kind of place.
Whether you seek genuine family time in the many year-round community events and activities, inspiration in arts and culture venues, solitude in the miles of open space and trails or togetherness with old friends and new in our cafes and restaurants, a day in Parker will be remembered for a lifetime. The city of Parker has been ranked No. 2 by Money.com on its 2020 Best Places to Live in America list. Come see why this town is consistently heralded as a great place to live!
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. Voted “2019’s Best Places To Raise A Family In Colorado,” it's not hard to see why this is a highly sought after home for young families as nearly every business, attraction and event is centered around family.
Parker truly has something for everyone, from a dense suburban feel near downtown Parker to sprawling equestrian ranches on the edge of town, Parker honors its Western roots throughout the year. The Parker Police Department has created a Mounted Patrol Unit for parades, community policing events, crowd control, crime prevention, park/trail patrols, and to assist with searches of lost persons.
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.
Parker is part of South Denver’s strong business ecosystem. Companies locating here, benefit from close proximity to Fortune 500 companies. 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. 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.
Want to learn more about the unique businesses located here in Parker? Check out the Town of Parker's full business directory.
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.