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, the Pearl Street Farmer’s Market, 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 enthusiast who arrive with decorated bikes and zany costumes. Under the shadow of the Flatirons Mountain Range, over 145 miles of world-class hiking trails are open year-round to explore Colorado’s natural beauty. 

City Overview

  • Population: 103,919
  • Median Household Income: $58,484
  • Median Home Value: $512,600
  • Median Rent: $1,243
  • Average Commute: 17 min

Data taken from Data USA and the U.S. Census

By the Numbers

  • Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Boulder No. 10 in the “Highest Well Being Communities.”
  • USA Today named Boulder’s Farmers’ Market the No. 1 market in the U.S.
  • The Wall Street Journal ranked Boulder No. 4 in the Best Cities for Women
  • FitBit rated Boulder the fourth fittest city in the U.S in 2017.
  • SmartAssest ranked Boulder the ninth Top Green City for Families.
  • The 2017 College Choice Best LGBTQ Colleges listed CU Boulder as one of the top 50 universities for tis celebrations and welcoming to LGBTQ students and staff.  

Getting Around Town

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.  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. 

Housing Options, Schools and Hospitals

EXPLORE NEIGHBORING CITIES

Can’t find the home you are looking for in Boulder? Preview nearby cities and towns that offer an average commute of less than 30 minutes.

Living in Erie

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
19,948 $111,745 $353,700 $1,729 24.3 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/erie-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/erietowncolorado/RHI705210

Living in Longmont

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
89,814 $62,208 $250,400 $1,016 22.2 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/longmont-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/longmontcitycolorado/RHI705210

Living In Lafayette

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
26,430 $70,714 $281,700 $1,222 21.8 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/lafayette-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/lafayettecitycolorado/RHI705210

Living In Louisville

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
19,548 $91,230 $407,500 $1,417 18.7 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/louisville-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/louisvillecitycolorado/RHI705210

Living In Broomfield

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
60,699 $81,898 $295,500 $1,336 26.1 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/broomfield-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/broomfieldcitycolorado/RHI705210

Living In Superior

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
12,815 $115,846 $446,800 $1,478 21.1 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/superior-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/superiortowncolorado/RHI705210

Living In Westminster

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
110,598 $67,081 $235,300 $1,121 25.8 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/westminster-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/westminstercitycolorado/RHI705210

 

 

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.