Recognized as one of the best places to live in the U.S. by Money Magazine and USA Today, Centennial is a community that strives for excellence and innovation. Consistently rated one of the safest cities in Colorado, Centennial residents enjoy a high quality of life with excellent schools, a wide variety of recreational opportunities and great neighborhoods.
Located just south of Denver, Centennial is home to nearly 108,000 residents, is part of the fantastic Cherry Creek School District and is one of the safest towns in Colorado. If this isn’t enough to convince you that Centennial is a great town, here are a few fun facts to sway you:
- Centennial was ranked No. 13 on Money Magazine’s 2014 Best Places to Live in America list.
- In 2012, Centennial opened its first City-owned park, Centennial Center Park. This 11-acre, award-winning Park is located adjacent to the Centennial Civic Center and continues to be a destination for visitors throughout the state.
- Centennial is just a baby when it comes to official, incorporated towns in Colorado. The city was officially established on Feb. 7, 2001.
- Centennial has two park and recreation departments to manage two park districts in town. There are more than 100 parks, as well as hundreds of acres of open space and miles of trails.
- The Denver Broncos NFL football team’s state-of-the-art headquarters calls Centennial home.
Students residing in Centennial are within either the Cherry Creek School District or the Littleton Public School District. The Cherry Creek School District and Littleton Public School Schools are nationally recognized for their award-winning academic excellence and serve the residents of Centennial.
The Cherry Creek School District is one of the highest-achieving school districts in the state. Our Vision, Mission and Values describe the culture of the district: who we are, what we believe, and how we go about providing an excellent education for the children of Cherry Creek.
We educate more than 54,000 children and serve over 300,000 residents in 108 square miles that spread across eight municipalities: Cherry Hills Village, Centennial, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village and portions of Aurora, Englewood and Denver. View our District Map.
Cherry Creek Schools students consistently score well above state averages on standardized assessments and above state and national averages on SAT and ACT exams.
Littleton Public Schools (LPS) is a premier school district located a few miles south of downtown Denver. Its slogan, “Big enough to serve you; small enough to know you” is an accurate portrayal of the district’s culture. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, LPS is the only school district in the Denver metro area to receive the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) highest accreditation rating all seven years it has been offered. And with a history of close community ties, LPS has passed every bond election brought to a vote.
Littleton Public Schools serves 28 square miles and includes the majority of the City of Littleton, Town of Columbine Valley, and portions of the municipalities of Bow Mar, Centennial, Greenwood Village and the City of Englewood.
With about 15,000 students, LPS offers a comprehensive education from preschool through Grade 12. Students attend 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, several alternative programs, preschools and two charter schools.
Recreational facilities in the City of Centennial include both indoor and outdoor facilities and amenities and programs. There are a number of important and highly used outdoor facilities including:
• 55 baseball fields
• 20 basketball courts
• 69 multi-use fields
• 24 tennis courts
There are also two indoor recreation centers in the City of Centennial, including Goodson Recreation Center to the west of I-25 and the Trails Recreation Center to the east. Goodson Recreation Center is managed by SSPRD and offers a wide range of indoor fitness and individual recreational opportunities, along with child care, summer camp day programs and arts classes. Trails Recreation Center is managed by APRD and also offers indoor fitness and recreation activities along with cultural, arts and leisure programs. In addition to daily programs, these facilities provide annual events and community-building activities for area residents — such as youth Halloween parties, holiday cookie decorating and spring egg hunts — providing opportunities for community members to connect and socialize.
While supporting growing families in Centennial will remain of high importance in the future, the senior population is projected to increase significantly in the next ten years. Expanding programs and services to reach this demographic will be an important feature of the recreational offerings in the City.