Golden : Colorado

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What it's Like to Retire in Golden

Golden is an affluent suburb about 12 miles west of Denver.  Many baby boomers will recall that 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 19,000. 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 right).
The average home price in late 2015 was about $400,000 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.

Who will like retirement in Golden

Golden is good for people who like the outdoors and who enjoy have many museums and festivals.

Local economy is driven by

The Coors Brewery and Colorado School of Mines are important. Many people commute to Denver.

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.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia page for Golden
Golden Chamber of Commerce


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Facts about GOLDEN
  • State: CO
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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