The Denver, Laramie & Northwestern Railroad (DLNWRR) established Milliken Station, named for John D. Milliken, on its line between Denver and Laramie outside of the former town of Hillsboro in 1909. Transportation of agricultural products from Milliken to various markets were among DLNWRR’s goals. The town’s 1909 plat included the final Hillsboro site, and the last of Hillsboro’s businesses were moved into Milliken. The town grew rapidly and supported over a dozen businesses, including a 16-room hotel, sugar beet dump, and a newspaper, The Milliken Mail. However, the DLNWRR line terminated at Greeley, far short of its goal. Construction in Greeley was taken over by the Greeley Terminal Railway, and the rest was purchased by Great Western Railway or abandoned and removed. A disastrous fire, the first of several, burned downtown Milliken in 1911, yet the growth of the sugar beet industry and its transport on the former DLNWRR rails kept Milliken a hub of sugar-related commerce.
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Milliken, known as the “Hub of Northern Colorado,” is a fast growing vibrant community, which sits 6 miles east of Interstate 25 on Colorado Highway 60.
Central Weld County
With a population estimated to reach 188,466 by 2020, this subregion is the most populous of the county. With 62,236 households and an average median disposable income of $47,649, it’s the retail core and offers an attractive mix of lifestyles from medium-sized cities to small rural communities nestled amongst some of the most productive farmland in the country. The average median household income is $58,272, and the average median house value is $205,872. This subregion offers spectacular mountain views and a quality of life with plenty of outdoor recreation, excellent schools, and easy access to two state universities. Developed commercial and industrial sites abound, and the region has seen numerous employers locate or expand, which has produced a vibrant, growing business sector. The region has excellent east/west access via Colorado Highway 14 and U.S. Highway 34, which connect to Interstate 25 and Interstate 76. U.S. Highway 85 provides north/south access, connecting to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Main/short line rail access is ample, and Denver International Airport is about an hour away.
Major Highway Access
Centrally located with Colorado Highway 60 and Colorado Highway 257 access, 5 miles from U.S. Highway 85, and 6 miles from Interstate 25.
Access to Union Pacific and Great Western Rail Lines
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016|
|Less than 9th Grade||5.5%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||12.2%|
|High School Graduate||25.7%|
|Some College, No Degree||23.1%|
|Weld County RE-5J School District Statistics
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|Roosevelt High School||925|
|STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016|
|Average Teacher Salary, Fall 2014||$50,605|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||19.81/1|
|Community College Enrollment Fall 2016|
|Aims Community College|
|All Campus Locations||7,107|
|University Enrollment Fall 2016|
|University of Northern Colorado||12,260|
Key Residential Subdivisions
- Colony Pointe
- Centennial Crossing
- Frank Farm
- Fossil Park
- Mad Russian
- Settlers Village
Key Home Builders
- Windmill Homes
- Keller Custom Homes Inc.
- Bluestone Homes
- Harris Constructors, Inc.
- HJ Bell Construction Inc.
- Dollar General
- Elk Bomb Shooting Supplies
- NAPA Auto Parts
- Nix & Sons Sporting Goods
- McCutters Liquor
- Milliken Liquor
- Burnout Grill
- Cracked Egg
- El-Mex-Kal Mexican Restaurant
- Little Caesars
- Tortillaria Delicias 3
Key Traffic Counts
- Colorado Highway 257 north of Colorado Highway 60: 6,400 Average Dailey Traffic County (6.35%) Trucks
- Colorado Highway 60 east of Colorado Highway 257/Quentine Avenue 8,300 Average Dailey Traffic Count (5.9%) Trucks
The Town of Milliken is always striving to increase its retail and commercial offerings for its residents.
Milliken shall continue to maintain a clear focus on the need to diversify jobs, services, and businesses, and to transition from being a bedroom community to one with a more balanced economic base. Milliken will focus its infrastructure improvements and economic development efforts on attracting new industries, employers, and jobs to the community that are drawn to Milliken’s small-town character, views of the mountains and the South Platte River, proximity to major freight rail corridors, access to Denver International Airport via U.S. Highway 85, vibrant downtown, and high quality of life.
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