Population: 20,268Median home value: $423,600 71 Ranks better than 68% of areas
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A+ Golden Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Golden Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% higher than Colorado
12525% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Golden cost of living
B Golden Crime Total crime is 3% lower than Colorado
Total crime
2,9748% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 348% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
35%Year over year crime is up
Golden crime
C+ Golden Employment Household income is 6% lower than Colorado
Median household income
$59,0287% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,86514% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%37% lower than the US average
Golden employment
D+ Golden Housing Home value is 60% higher than Colorado
Median home value
$423,600129% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,05211% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Golden real estate or Golden rentals
D Golden Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Colorado
High school grad. rates
90%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
44%11% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
30:187% higher than the US average
Golden K-12 schools or Golden colleges

Living in Golden, CO

Golden, Colorado is a mid-sized city with a population of 20,268 inhabitants. The majority of Golden residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. With an average age of 31 years old, Golden could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. Golden has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 77% of the population is classified as married and 56% have kids.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Golden could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Colorado if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Golden, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, employment, housing and more.

Using data and statistics Golden has received a livability score of 71 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 68th percentile when compared to all other cities. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Golden ranks well for amenities (A+) and crime (B+). Golden does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F) and education (D). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Golden on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Golden has a violent crime rate of 110 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Golden real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Golden. The median home price for Golden homes is $423,600, which is 60.1% higher than the Colorado average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Golden, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.2, which is 71.4% higher than the Colorado average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Golden were 8.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.8%.

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Compare Golden, CO Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Golden, CO

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Lodo, Denver7211.38,519
Alamo Placita, Denver7112.311,380
Washington Park, Denver7012.914,825
Capitol Hill, Denver6312.221,726
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Golden Triangle, Denver6311.61,873
Southwestern Denver, Denver6210.5123,093
Highland, Denver621015,265
Auraria, Denver6110.8799

Best Cities Near Golden, CO

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Glendale CDP, CO8614.878
Meridian, CO8523.93,327
Superior, CO8313.312,928
Seven Hills, CO8321.198
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pine Brook Hill, CO8221.11,091
Tabernash, CO8037.4430
Louisville, CO7916.119,972
Leyner, CO792227
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Golden, Colorado: Mountain Living at its Finest

You would be hard-pressed to find a more scenic place to live than Golden, Colorado. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Golden is an amazing place to live for people of all ages. I love living in Golden because of its close proximity to the bustling metropolitan area of Denver, as well as its rural setting that exemplifies community spirit.

Golden, Colorado is best known for being the headquarters of the Coors Brewery. In addition to the economic impact of Coors, the city also benefits from the diverse job opportunities offered all over the Front Range in the technology and service industries. The idyllic mountain setting and moderate climate combine to make Golden a popular tourist destination and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The best areas in Golden are the ones focused on the outdoors, such as the myriad of hiking trails and open spaces. The historic Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
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Source: The Golden, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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