Living in Boulder

Home to University of Colorado's flagship campus, Boulder is a recreational magnet—and one of America’s healthiest, happiest cities. 

With its distinct culture and artsy flair, Boulder boasts more than 30 galleries, 130 studios, four local museums and 32 theaters. Residents come together for numerous festivals throughout the year, including CU Boulder’s own Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, the Chautauqua Summer Festival, the Boulder Creek Festival, Boulder Arts Week and much more. 

Each Memorial Day, more than 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair racers take to the streets for the annual Bolder Boulder 10K, the fifth largest road race in the U.S. A tradition since 1979, the event culminates in a military tribute at CU Boulder’s Folsom Field.

Thanks to vast networks of bike paths, cycling thrives in Boulder. The Cruiser Ride, a community bike crawl, attracts hundreds of enthusiasts who arrive with decorated bikes and zany costumes. What’s more, world-class hiking and rock-climbing are just minutes away from downtown. 


  • ranked Boulder as the No. 1 "Brainiest City" in the country.
  • USA Today rated Boulder No. 2 for U.S. bike-friendly cities.
  • Livability rated Boulder No. 7 for Top 10 Foodie Cities in 2014.
  • The Active Times named Boulder America’s Fittest City.
  • Forbes ranked Boulder No. 9 for the Best-Paying Cities for Women.
  • Forbes ranked CU Boulder No. 19 on its list of 50 most entrepreneurial universities.


by the numbers

  • Population: 101,808 (2012 census)
  • Median household income: $57,428
  • Medium home value: $500,700
  • Median rent: $1,213
  • Average commute: 17 minutes – below the national average of 24


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More than 300 miles of dedicated bikeways and 75 underpasses crisscross the city, making biking an easy travel option. Most major roadways have posted bike lanes. RTD is Boulder's public transit authority. An extensive bus system allows for easy access to all parts of the city, and the Flatiron Flyer line provides regular express service to Denver. 


Sunrise Cyclist in Boulder

Colorado: Adventures indoors and out

Whether you’re a city or outdoors person – or a mix of both – Colorado is your playground. 


With a mild climate and plenty of sunshine, Colorado residents relish their time outdoors. The numbers speak for themselves: Colorado boasts four national parks, two national recreation areas, three national historical trails, 11 national forests, 44 state parks and 323 state wildlife areas and 30 of the Rocky Mountains’ highest peaks. Breathtaking ski resorts and hiking trails continue to spellbind visitors and long-time Coloradoans alike.


Colorado’s urban life offers endless recreation opportunities, too. A cultural hub, Denver is home to seven professional sports teams and the Denver Performing Arts Center—the largest facility of its kind.