The city of Golden is one of Colorado's oldest communities. It served as the Territorial Capital of Colorado from 1862 to 1867 and is now the county seat of Jefferson County. Golden is a small community with a vibrant western character and is located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills near the intersection of Interstate 70, Colorado Highway 6 and C-470.
Although Golden was a focus for roads leading into the goldfields of Central City, it was not named for the precious metal, but for Thomas Golden, an early prospector. The city was founded during the gold rush of 1859. Prior to that, Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians frequented the area. Its strategic location at the mouth of the Clear Creek canyon made it an ideal location for supplying the miners, and it became a transportation hub for freight wagons and, later, the railroad.
Golden is home to the Colorado School of Mines and Technology, the National Earthquake Information Center and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (N-REL). Coors Brewing Company has also made Golden its home since 1873. Started as a family brewing company at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, it is now the third largest brewer in the U.S. In the early 1900s, the company branched out into Ceramics, a business which helped it ride out prohibition.
Golden has nine museums and is an active sports area with climbing opportunities, a championship-caliber kayak course and a number of hiking and biking trails. The World Footbag Association is headquartered in Golden, and sponsors an annual championship each August. Colorado Mountain Club headquarters is here as well, and the Colorado Scientific Society meets in the Mountain Club building. In 1993, The American Alpine Club paired up with the Colorado Mountain Club to jointly purchase the historic Golden High School building. After extensive renovation, it is now the American Mountaineering Center -- the nation's premiere facility for research, education, and information about the mountain environment.
As growth continues, Golden strives to retain its small town flavor. In the mid-1990s, new parks and the new Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex were added to keep pace with the needs of the community.
Golden real estate boasts a variety in both style and price: Golden Colorado homes range from rustic log homes surrounded by trees, to modern takes on European elegance.
92.4% of residents completed high school and 46.3% completed college
Median family income $67,414