Golden, CO

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Population

20,365

0.479% growth

Median Age

32


Median Household Income

$61,918

4.9% growth

Poverty Rate

19.7%


Number of Employees

10,005

0.301% growth

Median Property Value

$446,700

5.45% growth

About

In 2017, Golden, CO had a population of 20.4k people with a median age of 32 and a median household income of $61,918. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Golden, CO grew from 20,268 to 20,365, a 0.479% increase and its median household income grew from $59,028 to $61,918, a 4.9% increase.

The population of Golden, CO is 85.5% White Alone, 6.12% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.61% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Golden, CO speak a non-English language, and 94.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Golden, CO are Colorado School of Mines (1,466 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Golden, CO is $446,700, and the homeownership rate is 55.4%. Most people in Golden, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Golden, CO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Golden, CO employs 10k people. The largest industries in Golden, CO are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1,607 people), Educational Services (1,491 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,166 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($127,656), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($127,656), and Utilities ($107,344).

Median household income in Golden, CO is $61,918. Males in Golden, CO have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,692. The income inequality in Golden, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,918

2017 value

± $6,139

4.9%

1 Year Growth

± 13%

Households in Golden, CO have a median annual income of $61,918, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $59,028 in 2016, which represents a 4.9% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,531

Average Male Salary

± $1,541

$51,692

Average Female Salary

± $1,226

In 2017, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Colorado by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,772 ± $5,354

  2. White

    $54,520 ± $998

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $47,825 ± $27,111

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Colorado by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Golden, CO is from Colorado.

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0949% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Colorado in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Colorado across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 98.50

  2. Census Tract 100

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Golden, CO was Census Tract 98.50 with a value of $126,205, followed by Census Tract 100 and N/A, with respective values of $42,412 and N/A.

The following map shows all of the places in Golden, CO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Golden, CO (3.46k out of 17.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    2,899 ± 515

  2. Two Or More

    258 ± 144

  3. Hispanic

    201 ± 145

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Golden, CO is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

10k

2017 Value

± 686

0.301%

1 Year growth

± 9.72%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Golden, CO grew at a rate of 0.301%, from 9.98k employees to 10k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Golden, CO, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,228 people), Management Occupations (1,174 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,032 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Golden, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Golden, CO, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,228 people), Management Occupations (1,174 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,032 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Golden, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (4.48 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (3.08 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Golden, CO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($100,521), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($86,591), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($76,477).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10k

2017 Value

± 686

0.301%

1 Year growth

± 9.72%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Golden, CO grew at a rate of 0.301%, from 9.98k employees to 10k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Golden, CO, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1,607 people), Educational Services (1,491 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,166 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Golden, CO, though some of these residents may live in Golden, CO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Golden, CO, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1,607 people), Educational Services (1,491 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,166 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Golden, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.59 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.5 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Golden, CO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($127,656), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($127,656), and Utilities ($107,344).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $35B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $35B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Electronics ($18.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Colorado products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$229B

2020 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

37.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $229B. This is expected to increase 37.2% to $314B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Colorado trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.9B

  2. $10.6B

  3. $8.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $13.9B, followed by Nebraska with $10.6B and California and $8.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Colorado shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.4% of the population of Golden, CO has health coverage, with 56% on employee plans, 8.46% on Medicaid, 8.74% on Medicare, 20.3% on non-group plans, and 0.827% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Golden, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Golden, CO see 1243 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1238 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1291 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 326 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,243 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,243 patients per year. This represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1,238 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,623

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,143

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,287

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Colorado (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.13%, from $6,472 to $6,804.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.65%

Uninsured

56%

Employer Coverage

8.46%

Medicaid

8.74%

Medicare

20.3%

Non-Group

0.827%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Golden, CO declined by 16.6% from 6.77% to 5.65%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Golden, CO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Colorado by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Golden, CO is home to a population of 20.4k people, from which 94.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.69% of Golden, CO residents were born outside of the country (1.77k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Golden, CO is composed of 17.4k White Alone residents (85.5%), 1.25k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.12%), 735 Two or More Races residents (3.61%), 571 Asian Alone residents (2.8%), 318 Black or African American Alone residents (1.56%), 67 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.329%), 18 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0884%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.1

31

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Golden, CO was 32. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 31. But people in Golden, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Golden, CO residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.69%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.77k people

7.48%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.52k people

As of 2017, 8.69% of Golden, CO residents (1.77k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Golden, CO was 7.48%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    230,780 ± 11,541 people

  2. India

    19,019 ± 3,380 people

  3. Vietnam

    17,347 ± 3,228 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 230,780 Colorado residents, followed by India with 19,019 and Vietnam with 17,347.

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Citizenship

94.1%

2017 Citizenship

95.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.1% of Golden, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Golden, CO was 95.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    17.4k ± 428

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.25k ± 290

  3. Two or More Races

    735 ± 271

In 2017, there were 14 times more White Alone residents (17.4k people) in Golden, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.25k Hispanic or Latino and 735 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Golden, CO as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    326 ± 110

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    121 ± 78

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    117 ± 66

Golden, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.69 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Golden, CO awarded 1,466 degrees. The student population of Golden, CO is skewed towards men, with 4,358 male students and 1,851 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Golden, CO are White (1,029 and 80%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (88 and 6.84%), Asian (81 and 6.29%), and Two or More Races (63 and 4.9%).

The largest universities in Golden, CO by number of degrees awarded are Colorado School of Mines (1,466 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Golden, CO are Mechanical Engineering (285 and 19.4%), Petroleum Engineering (215 and 14.7%), and Geological & Geophysical Engineering (108 and 7.37%).

The median tuition costs in Golden, CO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $16,170 and $35,220 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 86 degrees awarded

  2. 241 degrees awarded

  3. 189 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Golden, CO was Chemical Engineering with 86 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Golden, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,466 degrees awarded

$16,170

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Golden, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colorado School of Mines with 1,466 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,063

Degrees Awarded to Men

403

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,063 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Golden, CO, which is 2.64 times more than the 403 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Golden, CO by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,029 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    88 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    81 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Golden, CO were to White students. These 1,029 degrees mean that there were 11.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 88 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Golden, CO was $446,700 in 2017, which is 1.94 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $423,600 to $446,700, a 5.45% increase. The homeownership rate in Golden, CO is 55.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Golden, CO have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Golden, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$446,700

2017 Median

± $23,204

$423,600

2016 Median

± $21,018

In 2017, the median property value in Golden, CO grew to to $446,700 from the previous year's value of $423,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Golden, CO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Golden, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Household Income

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$61,918

Median Household Income

± $6,139

7.41k

Number of Households

± 560

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.41k households in Golden, CO grew to $61,918 from the previous year's value of $59,028.

The following chart displays the households in Golden, CO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Golden, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Golden, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

55.4%

2017 Homeownership

55.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 55.4% of the housing units in Golden, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Golden, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Golden, CO have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.74% of the workforce in Golden, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    69.4%

  2. Worked At Home

    10.5%

  3. Walked

    9%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Golden, CO was Drove Alone (69.4%), followed by those who Worked At Home (10.5%) and those who Walked (9%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Golden, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Golden, CO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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