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Golden, Colorado - Basic Facts

The City of Golden had a population of 21,048 as of July 1, 2017. Golden ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Colorado. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Golden is located at latitude 39.7425 and longitude -105.2106 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Golden (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0.1 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,673 feet.

The City of Golden (GNIS ID: 2410611) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Golden is located within Golden Division of Jefferson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Golden population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Golden, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 21,048
Daytime Population: Workers 27,065
Daytime Population: Residents 9,277
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 36,342
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.73
Population in Households 18,632
Population in Familes 12,430
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,416
Population Density2 2,114
Diversity Index3 33


Median Household Income $69,035
Average Household Income $98,013
Per Capita Income $40,920


Total Housing Units 8,480 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,473 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,838 (45.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 169 ( 2.0%)
Median Home Value $393,345
Average Home Value $415,255


Total Households 8,311
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 4,419
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.49% 1.25%
Households 1.59% 1.38%
Families 1.41% 1.29%
Median Household Income   2.85%
Per Capita Income   2.6%

Golden, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Golden to the other 458 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 35 93rd
Population Density # 70 85th
Diversity Index # 248 46th
Median Household Income # 135 71st
Per Capita Income # 94 80th

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