It's central location, ease of access to public transit and highways as well as many retail and dining options, make Centennial a popular destination for families and young professionals alike.

The name reflects Colorado's admission to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence. The state of Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State". With a population of 110,831 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Centennial is the tenth largest community in Colorado. Housing costs in Centennial are among some of the highest in the nation and the public schools in Centennial are highly rated. The award-winning Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District are the top school districts in the state and serve the residents of Centennial. USA Today and Money Magazine recently ranked Centennial among the "Best Places to Live" in America Living in Centennial offer residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Centennial, there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Centennial and residents tend to lean conservative. As one of the safest cities in Colorado, Centennial has something for everyone, offering open-space, distinctive recreational activities, and advanced business opportunities.


Centennial has many hills and its open spaces are usually accompanied by recreational trails and parks, including Dry Creek Dam, DeKoevend Park, the Highline Canal Trail, Willow Creek Trail, as well as Big Dry Creek and Little Dry Creek Trails. Centennial hosts most native wildlife and is a good reflection of Colorado's front range ecosystem.

Cherry Creek Trail

Chatfield Reservoir

Cherry Creek State Park

Cherry Creek Reservoir

Centennial Center Park - A popular destination in the summer months, this park features a huge splash pad, sandboxes, climbing walls, and several picnic areas


South Suburban Golf - A regional public golf course that caters to professionals and amateurs alike. It features a full 18-hole regulation par 72 course for avid players and a 9-hole par 3 course for beginners. 

Family Sports Golf Course – A very accessible course for those on the go, Family Sports Golf Course is located just next to the Centennial Airport. It has a 9-hole executive 31 par course and a two-tiered driving range. 

Top Golf

The Club at Inverness

The Links



Most of Centennial is within the territory of the Cherry Creek Public Schools while the western portion of the city in the territory of Littleton Public Schools. Centennial is also served by a few private schools.

Public High Schools

Public Middle Schools

  • Campus Middle School 
  • Cherry Creek Academy Charter (Elementary and Middle—6-8)
  • Euclid Middle School
  • Isaac Newton Middle School
  • Laredo Middle School
  • John Wesley Powell Middle School
  • West Middle School 
  • Horizon Middle School

Public Elementary Schools - West Centennial

  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Highlands Baptist Academy
  • Hopkins Elementary School
  • Lenski Elementary School
  • Peabody Elementary School
  • Sandburg Elementary School
  • Twain Elementary School
  • Dry Creek Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Homestead Elementary School
  • Walnut Hills Community Elementary School
  • Willow Creek Elementary School
  • Greenwood Elementary School 

Public Elementary Schools - East Centennial 

  • Cherry Creek Academy Charter (K-8)
  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Peakview Elementary School
  • Timberline Elementary School
  • Indian Ridge Elementary School
  • Trails West Elementary School
  • Buffalo Trail Elementary School (located outside the city in neighboring Aurora)

Private Elementary and Middle Schools

  • St. Thomas More Parish School
  • Highlands Baptist Academy
  • Shepherd of the Hills Christian School
  • Centennial Christian Academy
  • C.A.R.E. Middle School


Popular Neighborhoods in Centennial



Heritage Greens



Himalaya Court

Saddle Rock

Piney Creek Village


Homestead in the Willows

Willow Creek

Heritage Village

Homestead Farm

The Highands 460

Piney Creek

Hunters Hill


Heritage Place



Broadway Estates

Four Lakes

Palos Verdes

Cherry Knolls

Ridgeview Hills

Walnut Hills

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great schools
Great for retirees
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Great hospitals
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Great nightlife
Walking / Hiking trails
Cherry Creek School District
Light Rail
Close to I-25
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