Broomfield was founded in 1877 as a small farming community known as Zang's Spur, named after A.J. Zang, founder of the Zang Brewing Company. That small community was centered at the present day intersection of 120th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. The name was changed to Broomfield at the beginning of the 20th century after the fields of broom corn grown in the area. In the 1950s, Broomfield developed as a bedroom community for those employed in nearby Denver.
Broomfield was officially incorporated in 1961 as the state's first planned community. In November 2001, Broomfield became its own City and County thus making Colorado history by becoming the state's 64th county and the first to be added in nearly 100 years.
Broomfield real estate offers small-town living with all of the assets and amenities found in a large metropolitan area. The cost of living is very competitive with other metro Denver areas.
There are a number of recreational, cultural and sporting attractions within one to three hours from Broomfield. Broomfield and area residents enjoy an array of shopping choices with the 1,500,000 square foot FlatIron Crossing Regional Mall and more than 1,000,000 additional square feet of adjacent retail space.
About halfway between Denver and Boulder along U.S. 36, Broomfield is central to shopping, entertainment and night-life as well as having easy access to Colorado's beautiful scenery and year-round outdoor recreation.
Downtown Denver is just 15 minutes away, and offers Broomfield residents a wide range of world-class entertainment, professional sports and cultural activities. Also just 15 minutes away, Boulder is the quintessential college town, home of the University of Colorado. Boulder offers eclectic entertainment and culture, and a host of outdoor recreation possibilities in a youthful and natural setting.
The Broomfield area is a burgeoning center of high-tech, retail and manufacturing. Careful planning and development allow for plenty of open space. Broomfield's neighboring cities and towns are committed to the same developmental principles, ensuring that residents enjoy the benefits of economic opportunity without sacrificing the promise of Colorado's nature-oriented lifestyle.
Median resident age: 33.2 years
Median household income: $63,903 (year 2000)
Median house value: $189,800 (year 2000)
Residents of Broomfield enjoy a variety of housing opportunities ranging from $200,000 to $225,000 for starter homes to over $2 million for custom estate homes. Broomfield homes vary in both size and style depending on which of the over three dozen different neighborhoods and major housing developments you choose.