Living in Parker

Parker, located in Douglas County with easy access to the Denver metropolitan area, is known for its unique Western-Victorian downtown and its hometown feel. 

Parker can trace its colorful recent history to the establishment of the Pine Grove Post Office by Alfred Butters around 1862. Prior to that, the area was used for hunting by Indians, including the ancient (prehistoric) Indians, the Plains-Woodland Indians and later (circa 1800s) mostly Arapahoe, Cheyenne and Ute Indians.

The Town of Parker was incorporated in 1981 and included the Rowley Downs subdivision, the downtown area and the Parker Square and Parker Plaza commercial areas. The incorporated area encompassed approximately 1 square mile and included 285 residents. Soon after incorporation in 1981, the Town adopted zoning and subdivision ordinances.

The Town increased from 1 square mile at incorporation to 21.17 square miles currently. The Town's population has increased from less than 300 at incorporation to more than 50,000 currently.


Founding: Parker, Colorado was founded in 1864
Incorporation: Parker became a municipality in 1981
Location: Parker is located 20 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado
Elevation: Parker sits at an elevation of 5,900 feet above sea level
Size and Population: The Town of Parker is 21.17 square miles with a current population of approximately 50,677 people residing within the incorporated Town boundaries
School District: Students residing in Parker are within the Douglas County School District RE 1
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20120 E. Mainstreet Parker, CO 80138
P: 303.805.6260