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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Golden, Colorado

A pleasant Colorado college community, Golden is an affluent suburb about 12 miles west of Denver. Golden was the home of the Coors Brewery, where the local water led to its fabled taste, so great that the beer was often transported cross country to amaze friends in the east. The brewery, once the largest in the world, is still here, but now owned by Molson Coors Brewing. The Colorado School of Mines is located in Golden, as is the American Mountaineering Center (which includes Outward Bound). The population of this former gold rush town is about 18,000. There is a nice central downtown.

Where to Retire in Golden and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Golden (see link at top left).
The median home value was $742,569 in mid-2021, up 19% over the past year, according to

What Is Special about Golden

Golden is home to national and international businesses but retains the small-town historic identy. It is also considered a very walkable community.

What Is Not Special about Golden

Golden is one of the most expensive places in Colorado to live.

Climate and Physical Environment

Golden is located on Clear Creek on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains Front Range.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are festivals throughout the year such as the Heart and Soul Month, Buffalo Bill Days, FIne Arts Festival, and Goldenfest. There is the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Foothills Art Center, and several theater groups.  There are a number of museums including ones for quilts, railroads, and mountaineering.


Crime in Golden is a little over half the national average, making it a relatively safe place to live.

Medical Facilities

Nearby Denver is the place to go for hospitals.


Golden is located on I 70.  It is connected to Denver for mass transit with bus and light rail. For passengers locals use the Denver Airport.

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