strategically located between Colorado's two largest cities,
and Colorado Springs. This strikingly beautiful area has approximately 844 square miles of
mountains, foothills and plains. Douglas County has a population of 215,226 residents.
Approximately 73% of the population lives in unincorporated areas. The county is an ideal mix of
rural and suburban areas, village centers and large plots of open space including ranches, greenbelts,
public parks and national forest lands.
The Southeast I-25 corridor of Douglas, Arapahoe and Denver Counties is becoming the dominant economic
center of Colorado and a clear leader in creating new partnerships and coalitions to respond to issues of
growth, transportation, community enterprise housing, workforce development, and quality of life.
Douglas County is at the forefront of this bustling economic environment with leading employers such as Lucent
Technologies, AT&T Broadband, First Data Corp., Merrill Lynch, Information Handling Services,
EchoStar Communications, Evolving Systems, and DIRECTV. The estimated median household income for
1999 was $82,929, making this the highest per capita income for any county in the United States.
Major outdoor attractions include Pike National Forest offering fun and exciting camping, fishing,
backpacking and even some hunting. Chatfield State Park which is located on the South Platte
River in northwester Douglas County. In addition to reservoir boating, fishing and swimming, other
features of the park include horseback riding, a model airplane field and a wildlife pavilion.
There is also a newly created 20-acre wetland area. Roxborough State Park is located southwest
of Chatfield State Park. The park features such diverse plant and animal life that it has been
declared a National Natural Landmark and Archaeological District. The park is dominated by
outcroppings of red rock and has a 12-mile trail system.
Courtesy: Douglas County