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Prices and availability in Golden, CO were last updated on 1 Jul 2022.
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The average rent in Golden, CO is $2,048. Start your search for apartments in Golden, CO now.
What is the price range for a studio apartment in Golden, CO?
The price range for a studio apartment in Golden, CO is between $1,207 and $3,112. View all studio apartments in Golden, CO.
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The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Golden, CO is between $1,207 and $6,994. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Golden, CO now.
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The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Golden, CO is between $1,207 and $14,072. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Golden, CO.
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The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Golden, CO is between $1,405 and $10,707. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Golden, CO.
Renter's guide to Golden, CO
Idyllically located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, and lying along Clear Creek, Golden is a suburb of Denver. The small, historic gold-rush town of Golden is rated the 4th best place to live in Jefferson County, and ranks 22nd best suburb for young professionals in Colorado. It’s also rated the 37th suburb with the best schools in the state, making this small, olde worlde town extremely popular with families as well as young professionals. Tourism is popular in summer, and local colleges lend a college town vibe.
With a population of 20,365, Golden is a mid-sized city compared to other Denver suburbs, and is somewhat dwarfed by nearby cities such as Lakewood (156,000), and Arvada (120,000). It has an area of around 10 sq. miles, making it around 15 times physically smaller than Denver City.
Golden is around 15 miles west of Denver, and downtown can normally be reached within 15 to 25 minutes via State Highway 58, or U.S. Highway 6, both of which pass through the city providing quick and easy access east and west. The city is located on the southeast section of Denver belt, with State Highway 470 heading south and 93 heading north 20 miles to Boulder.
Golden’s climate is characterized by hot, pleasant summers, and cold, snowy winters. July is the warmest month, with highs averaging 85°F, while January sees lows of around 19°F. With an average of 19 inches of rainfall per year, Golden is below the national average of 38 inches. Rain is more common during summer and autumn, with August and September seeing the highest levels. Golden sees an average of 73 inches of snowfall per year, which is heaviest between November and April.
Golden, CO Demographics
- Total Population20,391
Female 11,872Male 8,519
- Median Age35
Golden, CO has a population of 20,391 according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 8,519 of Golden’s residents are women and 11,872 are men. The median age of those who live in Golden, CO is 35.
Cost of Living in Golden, CO
Public transit options in Golden are provided by RTD (Regional Transport District), which operates bus and light rail lines throughout the Denver metropolitan area. A light rail service connects Golden Station to Union Station in downtown Denver, via the West Corridor (W line), with regular services running more or less every 15 minutes. Fares cost $5.25 for a 3-hour pass, including bus links from downtown Golden to the station, $10.50 for a day-pass, $50.50 for a 10-ride pass, and $200 for a monthly pass.
If you choose to travel with your own private vehicle, you can expect to pay $2.56 for a gallon of gasoline. Alternatively, taxis generally start at $2.50, plus $2.75 per mile. When eating out, you should expect to pay between $10 and $18 for a meal in an inexpensive restaurant, or around $7.50 for a combo meal at a fast food joint. A 3-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant will generally cost $60, with an additional $5 for a pint of beer, or $4.30 for a coffee.
For a 915 sq. ft apartment, you can expect to pay $140 per month on basic utilities such as water, heating, electricity, and garbage disposal, while internet services can cost between $40 and $80 each month.
Average Rent in Golden, CO
- Golden, CO Average Rental Price, June 2022 $2,048 /mo
The average monthly rent of apartments in Golden, CO is $2,048.
Golden, CO Apartment Rent Ranges
About 22% of apartment rents in Golden, CO range between $1,501-$2,000. Meanwhile, apartments priced over > $2,000 represent 53% of apartments. Around 17% of Golden’s apartments are in the $1,001-$1,500 price range. 8% of apartments are priced between $701-$1,000.
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Compared to the national average rent of $1,628, the average rent in Golden, CO is $2,048.
Living in Golden, CO
One of the major attractions of living in Golden is the location. Those with private vehicles are spoilt for choice and can be in the mountains and ski resorts within 20 minutes heading west, or downtown Denver within the same time heading east. Outdoor enthusiasts will also find a wealth of things to do within the city limits, with numerous hiking and cycling routes, mostly along Clear Creek.
The town has good schools, low crime rate, and offers a friendly, small-town vibe, with regular community events and festivals. Due to its small size, it’s fairly easily navigated by bike or on foot. However, with snow for 5 to 6 months of the year, it can be a cold and difficult place to live if you’re not used to the climate.
Things to do in Golden, CO
While the Rocky Mountains provide plenty of hiking, climbing, and skiing opportunities just outside of town, there are a number of parks within Golden, offering a wealth of activities to enjoy. Parfet park is a popular choice near downtown and along the banks of Clear Creek, offering volleyball courts, fishing in the creek, a walking trail, picnic areas, tubing in the river, and seasonal events, such as ‘Movies in the Park’ throughout summer. Along the creek you’ll also find a variety of paved and unpaved walking and cycling trails, as well as kayaking and rafting areas.
The Golden Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning in summer, and provides fresh, local produce, as well as local arts, crafts, and delicacies. Golden Town Center is one of the most popular malls, with decent prices and a good selection of stores, ensuring you can find almost all you need within one place, as well as restaurants.
For more bespoke, boutique stores however, it’s worth heading to downtown, while you’ll find a variety of independent shops, from thrift stores to leather works, jewelers to mountaineering supplies, there’s something for everyone. Downtown is also home to a huge number of breweries, distilleries, restaurants, bars, and taverns to satisfy every taste. Take the Coors Brewery Tour for a slice of history, and then compare old with new at Barrels & Bottles Brewery taproom just around the corner.
There’s plenty of history to take in as well, from the Golden History Museum and Park, to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, while culture vultures can enjoy a show at the Miners Alley Playhouse, or an exhibition at the Spirits in the Wind Gallery. Events and festivals are also common-place, with highlights including Buffalo Bill Days, the Chili Cook Off and Beer Tasting, and the Christmas Candlelight walk.
Golden, CO employment & economy
The median household income in Golden is $61,918, just over the national average, but somewhat lower than state and county averages. Employing 16.1% of the workforce, Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services is the most common industry in the city, followed by Educational Services (14.9%) and Health Care and Social Assistance (11.7%). Meanwhile, the highest paid industry is Mining, Quarrying, and Oil & Gas Extraction.
The most common jobs held by residents of Golden are in sales and related occupations, management occupations, and office and administrative support roles. Compared to other cities, Golden is home to more residents employed in physical and social science occupations, while the highest earners hold positions in legal occupations and computer and mathematical occupations.
Golden, CO Households
- Total Number of Households7,260
Family 3,927Non-family 3,333
Children 1,892No Children 5,368
- Average People Per Household2.4
- Median Household Income$80,338
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,460
According to U.S. Census data, there are 7,260 households in Golden, CO. 3,927 are family households and 3,333 are non-family households. There are 1,892 households with children in Golden and 5,368 households without children. On average, about 2.4 people live in a household in Golden, CO. The median income of a Golden household living in Golden is $80,338 per year. The median housing costs per month are $1,460.
Education in Golden, CO
Golden is served by the Jefferson County R-1 School District. There’s only one public high school in the city, Golden High School, which is ranked as the 11th best public high school in Jefferson County, and 69th best in Colorado. It continuously scores above average in terms of test scores, college readiness, and student progress. Bell Middle School is the only middle school, which does well in terms of test scores, but could improve in other areas. There are 5 elementary schools in the city, and Mitchell is the top-rated, ranking 10th best elementary school in Jefferson County and 100th in Colorado.
In terms of higher education, Golden is home to the Colorado School of Mines, which specializes in engineering and applied science. It continuously ranks as the top institution in the world for mineral and mining engineering.
Golden, CO Education Statistics
The level of education of the population of Golden, CO is as follows: 1% have no high school education, 27% completed some high school, 18% partially completed college, 5% have an Associate Degree, 26% have a Bachelor Degree, and 23% have a Graduate Degree.
Tips for renting in Golden, CO
Golden is a great choice for young professionals looking for a healthy lifestyle and proximity to Denver. With regular public transit links to downtown Denver and around the metropolitan area, as well as bike friendly roads within the city, it’s not essential to own a private vehicle. If you do choose to drive, it’s worth noting that you’ll encounter snow and ice regularly throughout the winter months, so it’s worth taking a winter driving course if you don’t already have experience of this.
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