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About Federal Heights

Located in Colorado's Adams County, Federal Heights is considered a suburb of Denver. Its small population gives it a small-town vibe, which might make it appealing if you crave relief from big- city life. Denver is only about 7 miles south of Federal Heights, so it's easily accessible, providing a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options just a short drive away.

The History of Federal Heights

In the late 1920s, Harvey Larsen built the first business in Federal Heights, a grocery store. Larsen originally worked for a railroad company, which was one of the largest industries in the area thanks to the droves of people who moved west during that time period. It wasn't until 1940, however, that Federal Heights became an incorporated city. In 1950, the recorded population was a mere 173 people, which quickly multiplied to almost 8,000 people by 1980. Since then, the city's growth rate has slowed somewhat, but a number of people still relocate to Federal Heights every year.

Jobs in Federal Heights

Many Federal Heights residents work in labor-intensive jobs, with nearly half of the city's population employed in blue-collar positions. Administrative and sales positions are also common among citizens of this city. Public transportation is popular here, so many residents commute to Denver for more job options.

The city of Federal Heights offers a variety of jobs for locals to take advantage of, most of which fall in the service industries. Firefighters, police officers and paramedics are often in demand as the city grows in size, and there are often volunteer positions open for the reserve police officer program and other city organizations.

Federal Heights Schools

Students in Federal Heights attend schools in the Adams 12 school district. The only school actually located within the borders of Federal Heights is Federal Heights Elementary School. There are a few private and charter campuses in or near Federal Heights as well.

Resources for Moving to Federal Heights

Here's some helpful information to help you plan your move to Federal Heights:

  • Utilities: The city manages residential water and sewer services. Xcel Energy is the primary electricity and gas provider for the area.
  • Rental Properties: If you're planning to live in a rental property in Federal Heights, or act as the landlord of one, it's helpful to know that the city provides rental housing inspections. The program ensures that all rental properties meet basic safety requirements.
  • Transportation: There are several public bus routes in and around Federal Heights, and the nearby RTD bus service provides access to Denver.

Federal Heights Housing

Federal Heights is relatively affordable when compared to other communities in the Denver area. Despite its proximity to Denver, Federal Heights offers homes at a far lower median price. For this reason, it's becoming a popular home base for commuters, and prices have begun to climb.