Introduction to Golden, Colorado

Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson county, is 7 miles SW of Arvada, Colorado and 12 miles W of Denver, Colorado. The city is in the Denver area. There are 17,159 residents in Golden.

Golden History

Golden was established in June 1859, during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. The original mining camp was named Golden City, after Thomas L. Golden. Golden went on to develop as an economic and political hub. The town suffered significant losses in population during the American Civil War, but it continued to persevere and grow. Development boomed after World War II, and in 1959, Golden grew nearly three times its size by annexing large areas of nearby land.

Golden and nearby Attractions

  • American Mountaineering Center
  • Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Foothills Art Center
  • Heritage Square Music Hall
  • Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
  • Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Things To Do In Golden

Golden is a beautiful historic town where one find a variety of interesting recreational opportunities. One of the favorite local pastimes is outdoor rock climbing at the North Table Mountain. The city is also host to variety of arts and cultural activities, including musical performances, live theater shows and art galleries.

Golden Transportation

Denver International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Golden Higher Education

Red Rocks Community College, Front Range Community College and Regis University are nearby.


Total Population 19,759
Male Share of the Population 55.5%
Female Share of the Population 44.5%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,823
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53.5%
Median Earnings25+ $41,582
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,713
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,382


Median Family Income $92,907
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%


People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $947
Median House Value $359,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 14.6%

Golden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Arvada, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles W of Denver, Colorado
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 80401, 80403
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80402
Company Zip Codes 80419
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.755
Longitude -105.22

Golden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 44 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches
Distance 9.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 44 F
Apr Temp 25 to 56 F
Jul Temp 47 to 81 F
Oct Temp 27 to 62 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 46 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 58 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 67 F
Annual Precip 18 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Golden, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Blackhawk (80403)

Rollinsville (80403)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arvada 109,800 $83,150
Edgewater 5,217 $55,431
Lakewood 145,880 $70,147
Morrison 400 $78,750
Westminster 109,296 $78,565
Wheat Ridge 30,655 $62,824
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Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 125

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