Colorado Recruiting Zone - Wheat Ridge


Wheat Ridge Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1969
  • Central location provides short commutes to major highways, the Rocky Mountains, and Denver amenities
  • Home to more than 1,500 businesses


  • Population: 31,475
  • Median Age: 44
  • Land Area: 9.1 square miles
  • County: Jefferson

Environmental Attractions

  • 140 acres of developed parkland and an additional 250 acres of open space
  • 42 park sites
  • 100’ x 80’ skate park

Fun Facts

  • Wheat Ridge was once the largest producer of carnations in the world – and was known as Carnation City.

Arts & Culture

  • The Performances in the Park summer concert series is a seven-week series of free, open to the public concerts. The concerts begin in late-June and occur every Wednesday through early August. The series not only offers evening concerts geared for families, but also features a daytime program especially for children.
  • The Wheat Ridge Historical Park sits on an acre of the original 160-acre James H. Baugh Homestead and includes the Sod House (listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 1973), a museum dedicated to the history of Wheat Ridge, the Coulehan-Johnson Cabin (originally relocated from Johnson Park), Wheat Ridge’s first post office, and a variety of other features and traditional farm equipment.

Major Employers

  • Exempla, Inc.
  • Coors Brewing Company
  • ADP Financial Information Services, Inc.
  • George T. Sanders Company
  • Qdoba Restaurant Corporation
  • Moncor Inc.

Economic Development

  • The Enhanced Sales Tax Incentive Program was created by the Wheat Ridge City Council in May of 1988 as a tool to stimulate the overall economic viability of the City of Wheat Ridge. The ESTIP provides for a share-back of retail sales tax generated, to local retailers or developers, as reimbursement for capital projects that meet the criteria established as “public or public related improvements.”
  • The Building Up Business Loan Program is sponsored and administered by Wheat Ridge 2020, Inc., with the goal of improving the economic vitality and appearance of a targeted business area on 38th Avenue between Sheridan and Wadsworth. The purpose of the program is to encourage existing and new business development by providing financing for façade improvements, interior renovations, and small business equipment purchases.