Highlands Ranch, with a population of nearly 100,000, would be among the largest cities in Colorado – if it were a city instead of a “census-designated place (CDP). Even so, it is one of the most populous unincorporated communities in the country and one of the main reason that Douglas County has been in the top of all U.S. counties for growth over the last 25 years. What is Highlands Ranch today was simply that – ranch land – until the 1980s. Most of the original ranch, owned by the Springer family, was acquired by famous Colorado pioneer and US Senator Lawrence Phipps in the 1930s and held by him and his family until shortly after his death in 1976. Famous oilman Marvin Davis acquired the ranch in 1976, and two years later sold it to The Mission Viejo Co., a well-known housing development firm from California, which planned a community that, the company said, could well be over 50,000 in population within 20 years. Expectations were exceeded, of course; the first homes were built in 1981 and by 1991 there were 17,000 residents in Highlands Ranch. That number would grow to more than 86,000 by the development’s 25th Anniversary in 2006 and by that time the community would also contain a heavy concentration of commercial/retail development and schools (6 high schools!) to meet the needs of the growing community.
Allstar Electrical Services goes out to Highlands Ranch so often for both commercial and residential electric work that our trucks’ GPS devices don’t even need to be programmed. We are proud to serve our neighbors in Highlands Ranch.