Highlands Ranch is a 22,000-acre master-planned community founded in 1981. The community has a population of 93,000 people. Highlands Ranch is located 12 miles south of Denver in Douglas County and offers a wonderful quality of life and opportunities for an active lifestyle. Highlands Ranch has received national recognition for its great qua lity of life and amenities. Our community has been recognized nationally by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation. Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids. Not only is Highlands Ranch receiving accolade s, so is Douglas County. In August 2014, Douglas County ranked second in Movoto Real Estate͛s 10 Best Counties in America list.