Golden, CO
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Golden is a medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 20,330 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Golden is the 29th largest community in Colorado.

Golden home prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, but Golden real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Golden is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.59% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Golden is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Golden who work in teaching (10.89%), management occupations (10.73%), and sales jobs (10.68%).

Of important note, Golden is also a city of artists. Golden has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Golden’s character.

Also of interest is that Golden has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Golden has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

A relatively large number of people in Golden telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.53% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Golden is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Golden enrolled in college, Golden has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

If knowledge is power, Golden is a pretty powerful place. 54.98% of the adults in Golden have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Golden in 2010 was $34,207, which is upper middle income relative to Colorado, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $136,828 for a family of four. However, Golden contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Golden is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Golden home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Golden residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Golden include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Golden is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.