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Littleton Demographics  
Incorporated: March 8, 1890
Charter adopted: July 28, 1959
Population: 43,541*
Area: 14 square miles
Median household income: $56,893*
Earned bachelor degrees: 27.9 percent
Achieved advanced degrees: 12.4 percent
Average household size: 2.27**
Elevation at the Littleton Courthouse steps: 5,389 feet above sea level
Miles of streets: Approximately 161
Miles of bikeways and trails: Approximately 35
**Census Quick Facts

  • Littleton has a council/manager form of government with seven council members, three serving at-large and four representing legislative districts.
  • The mayor and mayor pro tem are elected by council to two-year terms.
  • The city manager, city attorney and municipal judges are appointed by council.
  • The city manager is the chief administrative officer presiding over 11 departments.
  • The Public Works department maintains 151 miles of streets, snow removal, traffic control, engineering, inspection and plan review, beautification, and sewer and storm drainage utilities.
  • The Littleton Main Street Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
  • The nationally accredited Littleton Museum features living history interpreters and is one of several museums in Colorado that is a Smithsonian Affiliate.
  • The Bemis Public Library attracts over 300,000 visitors each year and is known throughout Colorado for its innovative and extensive programming for all ages.
  • Littleton's 878-acre South Platte Park is one of the largest suburban parks in the U.S.
  • RTD's Southwest Light Rail has two stops in Littleton: downtown, and at Mineral Avenue and Santa Fe.
  • Littleton has an internationally recognized economic development program which focuses on helping new and established Littleton businesses succeed. The Economic Development Department offers numerous services including demographics, business research, start-up information, custom mapping, marketing assistance and focus groups. The majority of services are free to any City of Littleton business.
  • South Metro Housing Options (formerly Littleton Housing Authority) provides single family homes and apartments for people in need of assistance, and maintains the following senior living facilities: Amity Plaza, Bradley House, Geneva Village and the Libby Bortz Assisted Living Center for frail elderly.
  • Citizen Response and Council Outreach — approximately 700 citizens attended city council's monthly breakfasts and citizen forums in 2005. Since 1992, these events have been well-received by the public, and are a unique opportunity to speak informally with city council and staff, and learn about upcoming and ongoing city projects.
Special Programs in Littleton Some interesting financial figures
  • Littleton's general operating fund revenue for 2008 was $47,426,640. Taxes made up 60 percent of revenues for the general operating fund ($28.4 million), 24 percent from intergovernmental, and the remainder came from licenses and permits, fines, services and miscellaneous.
  • About $23.9 million of the tax revenue comes from the three percent tax on retail sales, motor vehicles and the use tax.
  • Littleton citizens pay only 6.662 mills in property tax, or an estimated $4.0 million annually. This translates to about $97 per capita per year. The mill levy has not increased since 1991.

For more information on the demographic trends of Littleton, contact the economic development department at 303-795-3749.

Last updated: 12/15/2015 4:00:11 PM