CentennialCentennial, located in Arapahoe County just south of the City of Denver, is one of the metro areas newest and largest cities. The city encompasses 29.4 miles and is home to over 111,000 residents. Centennial was incorporated in 2001 after residents decided it was necessary to avoid further annexations of unincorporated areas by the City of Greenwood Village. Centennial’s name was chosen to reflect Colorado’s admission to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the Declaration of Independence. Although most of the city is suburban neighborhoods and shopping and business complexes, there are more than 4,000 acres of open space which includes 100 miles of trails and more than 100 parks. Centennial Center Park is a popular recreational destination. This 11-acre city park features a huge playground, a water playground, nature areas, event spaces, a climbing wall, and an amphitheater. Although Denver is just a short drive away, residents also have access to the light rail for an easy trip into the city. Most of the city is in the award-winning Cherry Creek School district while the western section is in the Little Public School district. Although the city has several premier shopping locations, such as the Streets at SouthGlenn, it’s probably best known for the location of the only IKEA store in Colorado. The city is listed on many Top 20 lists for safest cities over 100,000 residents. It was also placed at #4 on USA Today’s list of Best Places to Live in America in 2015. Home values are climbing quickly. The median home price for homes that closed in the last quarter of 2021 was $601,000, up 19.2% year-over-year. Learn more about Centennial here.
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