Golden

73°F
Current Population
20,979
Elevation Level
5674 ft

About Golden

Golden, Co Where the West Lives! Drive through downtown Golden, one of Colorado's oldest towns, and you will be greeted by a sign welcoming you to this historic town. Clear Creek will also welcome you, as Golden is located in the Clear Creek Valley. 

Originally named Golden City during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, Golden is nestled between Lookout Mountain and two beautiful mesas and was the territorial capital of Colorado until 1867. Today, it remains an inspiring place to live with its rich mining history, Old West charm, and extraordinary views in every direction. 

If you are looking for a community full of history and charm, look no further than the Golden City. 

 

Explore Golden

Entertainment & Culture

Downtown Golden is a charming area that offers lots of shopping, restaurants, and bars. And, if you’re in the right spot, you can actually watch kayakers float down Clear Creek which flows through the center of downtown. 

  • The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave is dedicated to preserving the memory of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. 
  • The Colorado Railroad Museum is a non-profit railroad museum situated on 15 acres. Exhibits feature original photographs by pioneer photographers such as William Henry Jackson, Louis Charles McClure and more. 
  • Coors Brewery was established in 1873 and thrives on a legacy of quality, innovation and customer service. Brewery tours are available around the clock 
  • Close to Golden is the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This famed outdoor music venue is a bucket list content venue. Shows at Red Rocks are unforgettable. Catch a movie, yoga class or concert outside among ancient red rock boulders!

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Popular Restaurants

If you enjoy a good beer, Golden is your spot! Home to Coors Brewery, the largest single-site brewery in the world, you can enjoy a beverage and take a tour of the facility. Golden also offers other breweries and restaurants that hit the spot after a day floating the Clear Creek or out on the trails!

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Parks

Clear Creek runs through Golden and the surrounding mountains, providing the perfect rugged terrain for hikers, runners, and bikers. Golden is also home to many parks and museums, including the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and the Colorado Railroad Museum. 

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About the Community

Arvada West High School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-1262
  • Address 11325 ALLENDALE DR
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade 09 - 12
  • Instructional Level High School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +1% to +5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 1670
  • Student Teacher Ratio 20

Bell Middle School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-4224
  • Address 1001 ULYSSES ST
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade 07 - 08
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct No Change
  • Total Reported Enrollment 512
  • Student Teacher Ratio 17

Drake Junior High School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-1510
  • Address 12550 W 52ND AVE
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade 07 - 08
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +1% to +5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 680
  • Student Teacher Ratio 20

Fairmount Elementary School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-5390
  • Address 15975 W 50TH AVE
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade KN - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +1% to +5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 614
  • Student Teacher Ratio 19

Golden High School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-4258
  • Address 701 24TH ST
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade 09 - 12
  • Instructional Level High School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +1% to +5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 1198
  • Student Teacher Ratio 21

Kyffin Elementary School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-5725
  • Address 205 FLORA WAY
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade KN - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -10% to -15%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 492
  • Student Teacher Ratio 19

Mitchell Elementary School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-2129
  • Address 200 RUBEY DR
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade KN - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct No Change
  • Total Reported Enrollment 625
  • Student Teacher Ratio 19

Ralston Elementary School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-4378
  • Address 25856 COLUMBINE GLEN AVE
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade KN - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -10% to -15%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 450
  • Student Teacher Ratio 19

Shelton Elementary School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-5687
  • Address 420 CRAWFORD ST
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade KN - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +5% to +10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 429
  • Student Teacher Ratio 16

Welchester Elementary School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-7342
  • Address 13000 W 10TH AVE
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade KN - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +5% to +10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 281
  • Student Teacher Ratio 15

Population, Weather and Economics

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Population

Population Details
  • Population 20,979
  • Population 5 Yr Projection 21,691
Households
  • Total Households 8,313
  • Households 5 Yr Projection 8,629
  • Average Size of Household 2.00
  • Households With Children 1,814

Climate & Weather

Summary
  • Annual Precip In 17.33
  • Avg Jan Low Temp 12.70
  • Avg Jul Low Temp 54.60
  • Avg Jan High Temp 43.60
  • Avg Jul High Temp 85.80
Indexes
  • Ozone Index 109
  • Air Pollution Index 114
  • Earthquake Index 49
  • Hail Index 269
  • Tornado Index 55
  • Wind Index 275

Economics

  • Housing Median Built Yr 1975
  • Maintenance and Insurance Cost 82
  • Health Care Cost 97
  • Transportation Cost 91