Welcome to Golden
Located only 12 miles west of Denver, Golden is surrounded by high points. North and South Table Mountains to the east, the foothills—dominated by Mount Zion and Lookout Mountain—to the west, and Clear Creek cuts directly through the town. The natural landscape has helped the city maintain its old-time charm and history.
Once the capital of Colorado, Golden was founded in 1859 by Thomas L. Golden—a prospector during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. It became a prime spot for miners and settlers new to the area. Today, the town still holds its Western roots as displayed in the many history museums and historic buildings.
Housing styles in Golden range from ranch and traditional-style homes to luxury mountain-modern. With houses ranging from single-family homes starting at $79,000 to $8 million estates, there’s something here for everyone. The median home price is $722,000.
What to Love
- Strong tie to Western roots
- Access to many outdoor recreation opportunities
- Large variety of local shops and eateries
People & Lifestyle
Golden locals lead active and outdoorsy lifestyles. The area is great for people looking to make the most out of their surroundings and spend time in the great outdoors. With a strong focus on walkability, renewable energy, and sustainability, residents tend to be forward thinkers. Golden is a great place for established professionals to raise a family. The median age lies at 33.5, which is lower than surrounding areas due to the high number of students who attend the Colorado School of Mines located in the heart of Golden. The community is a well-rounded blend of students and more permanent residents.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Golden’s quaint and charming downtown area offers an array of commercial opportunities. With mostly locally owned stores, residents take pride in being a self-sufficient city.
From outdoor gear and supply stores to boutique stores and high-end fashion, Downtown Golden has it all. Check out local favorites like Vital Outdoors
—for all of your gear needs or Eggers Lapidary
to get some of Golden’s famous rocks for gifts. Blue Moose Trading Co
. is a great place for house decor and gifts!
Things to Do
Golden is never short on local events and activities. From summertime fun to Christmas festivals, there’s always something going on, and with no shortage of outdoor and indoor activities, there’s sure to be something for everyone!
During the warmer weather months, there May’s Golden Games, July’s Buffalo Bill Days, the Golden Fine Arts Festival in August, and Christmas favorite, Olde Golden Christmas. These local charms are must-attends and a great way to immerse oneself in the community.
Golden is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Fairmount Elementary School, K-6, part of JEFFCO public schools
- Golden High School, 9-12, 2020 College Success Award winner
- Golden View Classical Academy, K-12, a charter public school focused on developing future leaders