Demographics

Golden Population Profile
Year Population
Source – U.S. Census
1960 7,118
1970 9,817
1980 12,237
1985 12,763
1990 13,116
2000 17,159
2010  18,867
Age of Golden Residents
Age Range Population
Source – 2010 U.S. Census
Under 5 897
5 – 14 1,622
15 – 19 2,133
20 – 24 2,444
25 – 34 2,601
35 – 44 2,571
45 – 54 2,621
55 – 59 1,164
Over 60 2,814
Education of Golden Residents
Source – U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010, American Community Survey
Completed High School (age 25+) 96%
Completed College (age 25+) 51%
Jefferson County Population
County Population
Source:  Colorado Department of Local Affairs; State Demography Office 
*Municipality is located in multiple counties. Number reflects projected 2009 population in Jefferson County only. 
**Source: 2010 U.S. Census
Arvada* 105,558
Golden 17,777
Lakewood 145,990
Westminster* 45,888
Wheat Ridge 31,707
Unincorporated Jefferson County 190,825
Jefferson County Total** 534,543
Denver** 600,158
Colorado** 5,029,196
Golden Income Level
Source – U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010, American Community Survey
Persons / Household 2.24
Median Household Income $53, 896
Per Capita Income (2010 dollars) $33, 987 
Golden Population Below Poverty Status
Source – U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010, American Community Survey
Female Head of Household Families w/ no husband present 32.7%
Families 9%
Householders age 65 and older 0%
Persons of all ages 16.5%
Jefferson County Climate
Average Days of Sunshine 255 days annually – 70% sunshine
Hottest Month July – average temp = 74 degrees
Coldest Month January – average temp = 30 degrees
Annual Precipitation 15.4 inches (average)
Annual Snowfall 60.3 inches (average)
Average Humidity 40 Percent
Golden Labor Force Profile
Year Employees
1960 2,770
1970 3,966
1980 6,030
1985 7,157
1990 7,450
2000 9,882
2010 (Projected) 11,000 (est.)
Golden Resident Occupation Profile
Occupation Population
Source – U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010, American Community Survey
Civilian Employed Population 16+ Years of Age 9,399
Management, business, science, and arts 4,972        53%
Sales and Office 1,921        20%
Service 1,204        13%
Production, Transportation, Material Moving 706             8%
Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance 596             6%
Unemployment 777              5%
Annual Visitors to Golden Attraction Destinations
Attraction Number of Visitors
Golden Gate State Park 543,355
Buffalo Bill’s Museum 526,900
Coors Brewery Tours 302,650
Colorado Railroad Museum 49,106
Mother Cabrini Shrine 90,000
Jefferson County Nature Center 9,078
Foothills Art Center 30,000
School of Mines Geology Museum 18,000
COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa