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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
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Golden is a suburb of Denver with a population of 20,365. Golden is in Jefferson County and is one of the best places to live in Colorado. Living in Golden offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Golden there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Golden and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Golden are highly rated.
About Golden...
Population
20,365

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$446,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,203
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Golden Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    125.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    77
    40.7
  • Robbery
    9.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    235.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,123.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    226.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    22%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Golden

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,918
National
$55,322
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Golden Reviews

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The apartments were pretty terribly maintained and extremely expensive. I realize I'm in Denver, but when I moved in there was a plant growing through my kitchen floor! Downtown Golden is great, super small, super cute. If you're wealthy the houses are very nice, and the neighbor is very safe. It's all students and families.
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Golden is a wonderful city within Denver's borders. It has quite the local scene having the Coors Brewery next to it. It works with the local University to improve it's education. That does sound a bit ironic, but they have sponsored their own building at the Colorado School of Mines. In terms of local events, every weekend during the summer, there is a wonderful Farmer's Market that sells a wide range of locally made products, not just produce. Near Christmas time the local creek is laced with Christmas lights which are absolutely breath-taking. The local scene also has a thing for classic cars and have a parade for them almost every weekend in the Summer.
Golden holds an eloquent charm. Through the heart of the town runs a very popular attraction, Clear Creek. The creek has walking and biking trails both paved and unpaved allowing for a large variety of recreational activities. I lived here for twenty one years and enjoyed every moment. The town is in a valley, with natural scenery and outdoor activities in every direction. What I enjoyed most about living in Golden Colorado was the many impressive hiking trails for all experience levels. As well as, the nearby attractions of downtown. Denver is accessible by car, light rail or bus within only fifteen minutes. The only thing that I would like to see improve about Golden is the traffic direction systems, main street alone has nine traffic circles which can feel very repetitive. Absolutely add Golden to your travel list, check out clear creek and local bike trails!