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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:

  • Area - 8 Square Miles.
  • Population - 17,000 people
  • Elevation - 5,675 ft. above sea level at downtown.

The city of Golden, Colorado, located just 15 miles west of Denver, is nestled in a valley at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The community is served by five major highways, including Interstate 70, Colorado 470, and U.S. Highway 6, which provide a direct route to Denver, Boulder and the mountains.

The people who live and work in the Golden area have an abundance of recreational opportunities year round. Our location puts us within minutes of the mountains to the west, the City of Denver to the east and the City of Boulder to the north.

In winter, the Rockies offer skiing in its most challenging forms. In less than an hour and a half, you can be at world renowned downhill ski areas. Cross country skiers may choose to try their skills at these areas as well, but cross country skiing is available nearby.

In summer, the mountains offer fishing, backpacking, and camping in glorious settings that rival any scenery in the world. Trails through Roosevelt and Arapahoe National Forests provide days of peace and quiet in which to discover the magnificence of the Rockies.

Biking and hiking paths have become an important addition to the streets and hillsides of Golden and they play an important role in the proposed plans for park and pathway development in Golden. Many neighborhoods have direct access to high-country trails and open space and a campground sits at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

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CITY OF GOLDEN WEBSITE: http://www.bestofgolden.com/

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEBSITE: http://www.goldencochamber.org/

 

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Median Age 35.7
Median Household Income $49,630
% Male 51.5%
% Female 48.5%
White 93.3%
Black 1.5%
Native American 0.7%
Asian Pacific Islander 2.5%
Hispanic 8.2%
Other 2.0%
Married 53.8%
Divorced 11.4%
Never Married 28.3%
Separated 2.5%
Widowed 4.1%

For further demographics information: http://factfinder.census.gov/bf/_lang=en_vt_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U_DP1_geo_id=16000US0830835.html

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Home Facts:

Median Home Cost: $542,170
Home Appreciation: 8.9%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

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HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY::

Jefferson County took the name of the third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, master statesman, architect and writer.

Thomas Jefferson

The need for an organized local government began in the late 1850s when droves of gold-seeking settlers came West. In 1858, when gold was discovered in the Rocky Mountains, there were fewer than 200 settlers in the area. An influx of nearly 35,000 people arrived two years later, lured by the glitter of gold. The county was formally organized in 1861 by the Colorado Territorial Legislature.

The history of Jefferson County is rich in Western lore. The county was home to the original capital of the Colorado Territory and boasted gold diggers, cowboys and villains among its residents.

The Pikes Peak Gold Rush of the late 1850s brought the first flock of settlers to the county. Reports of gold in the streams along the Front Range enticed prospectors to the area, and soon after coal was discovered near Coal Creek. By 1859, enough people lived in the area to merit the establishment of Golden City as well as other long-vanished towns, such as Arapahoe City and Golden Gate City.

In 1861, President James Buchanan signed a bill creating the Territory of Colorado. The territory had 17 counties, including Jefferson County, and Golden City was the capital.

In the next 20 years, the county became home to the first railroad in Colorado as well as to Coors Brewing Co. and the Colorado School of Mines. Traces of the Wild West lingered, however. After being released from jail, alleged cannibal Alferd Packer settled in a cave here, and legendary Western showman Buffalo Bill made the county his final resting place.

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CLIMATE:

Average Snowfall: 67.1" per year
Average Rainfall: 15.1" per year

Sunny Days: 246
Days over 90° : 32
Nights below 32° : 163

  Average High Average Low Precipitation inches/Snowfall
January
44°
 16°
0.61
February
46°
19°
0.67 
March
50°
24°
1.21
April
61°
34°
1.93
May
70°
44°
2.64
June
80°
52°
1.93
July
87°
59°
1.78
August
86°
57°
1.29
September
78°
48°
1.13
October
67°
37°
1.13
November
53°
25°
0.76
December
46°
19°
0.43

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SCHOOLS:

Education Facts:

The R-I School District of Jefferson County is rated one of the best school systems in the nation with student averages above the national norm in all study areas. On SAT scores, Jefferson County, schools rank in the top ten nationally. In addition to our own exceptional Colorado School of Mines, Golden is within commuting distance to several colleges and Universities.

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 21.2 : 1
High School Graduates 89.7%
2-yr College Degree 6.8%
4-yr College Degree 26.5%
Graduate Degree 15.2%

Kindergarten through Grade 12

Elementary schools:

Middle school:

Senior school:

Charter Schools:

http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/school/

Vocational education:

  • Jefferson County R- I School District also offers vocational education at Warren Occupational Technical Center as well as an extensive adult education program.

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COLLEGES IN THE GOLDEN AREA:

  • Colorado School of Mines (Fall 1996 enrollment 3,200)
  • Red Rocks Community Colleges (Fall 1993 enrollment = 6,952)

LOCAL COLLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITHIN COMMUTING DISTANCE FROM GOLDEN:

University/College
City
Phone
Arapahoe Community College
Littleton 303-797-5900
Colorado School of Mines
Golden 303-273-3000
Colorado School of Trades Lakewood 800-233-4697
Community College of Aurora Aurora 303-360-4700
Community College of Denver
Denver 303-556-2600
Colorado Univ. Health Sciences Center
Denver 303-839-6740
Front Range Community College Boulder 303-404-5550
Metropolitan State College Denver 303-556-3876
Red Rocks Community College
Golden 303-420-9550
Regis University
Denver 303-458-4100
University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder 303-492-1411
University of Colorado, Denver Denver 303-556-2400
University of Denver Denver

303-871-2000

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