About Littleton, CO
Littleton’s history dates back to the 1859 Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, which brought not only gold seekers, but merchants and farmers to the community. Richard Sullivan Little was an engineer from New Hampshire that made his way out west to work on irrigation systems. Little quickly fell in love with the area that is present day Littleton and brought his wife Angeline out from the East in 1862. The Littles, along with many neighbors, built the Rough and Ready Flour Mill in 1867, which provided a solid economic base in the community. By 1890, the community had grown to 245 people and the residents voted to incorporate the Town of Littleton.
Population today is 41,737 according to the 2010 census. As a suburb of Denver, Littleton is part of the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area and the Front Range Urban Corridor. It shares a border with Denver and Englewood on the north, Greenwood Village on the northeast, Centennial on the east, Highlands Ranch on the south, Columbine and Columbine Valley on the west, and Bow Mar on the northwest.
Primary and secondary schools include:
- Littleton Public Schools
- Jeffco Public Schools
- Collegiate Academy of Colorado
Colleges and universities include:
- Arapahoe Community College
- Denver Seminary
The Colorado Center for the Blind, a skills training program for blind teenagers and adults operated by the National Federation of the Blind, is located in Littleton.
Dining and Shopping
There are over 106 restaurants found on Tripadvisor ranging from Italian to seafood. Shopping areas include the Streets at SouthGlenn and one of the biggest IKEA’s in the United States.
South Suburban Gold Course and Family Sports Center Golf Course are both located in Centennial. Goodson Recreation Center is also located in Centennial
Parks and Recreation
Littleton has over 1,477 acres of parks and open space. Check out this list of parks. There are also plenty of trails located in and around Littleton. Get your copy of the City of Littleton Bicycle trail here.