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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Boulder is a city in Colorado with a population of 105,420. Boulder is in Boulder County and is one of the best places to live in Colorado. Living in Boulder offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Boulder there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Boulder and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Boulder are highly rated.
About Boulder...
Population
105,420

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$554,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,313
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Boulder Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    161
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    44
    41
  • Robbery
    27
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    512
    500
  • Theft
    2,287
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    201
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$60,569
National
$55,322
Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

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Boulder!
The flatirons, Boulders mountains, are most beautiful during all seasons of the year.
Hiking, biking and viewing the colors of autumn is fantastic.
If you like skiing, its all the better to enjoy Vail Colorado, my favorite place to visit, especially during the Christmas season of bright colorful lighting in its community.

Boulder known for its biking and miles of trails is for the novice as well as for the most experienced
biking enthusiast.

What I would like to see changed in Boulder is the congestion from massive numbers of cars, traveling though the city daily.
The positive side of Boulders traffic is the excellent bus services thoughout Boulder and the Denver Metropolitan region.

I would also like to see changes in the affordable housing , Boulder would do well to accommodate more levels of groups of people, besides the growing wealth that Boulder seems to be
attracting to itself.
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Boulder is an interesting mix between a college town and a hippie/hipster commune. There’s great food, great education, and lots of interesting folks. The only real issue I have with Boulder is how awful and entitled their pedestrians are, they are terrible jaywalkers, and extremely rude at traditional social norms for pedestrians, walking as slowly as they can through the cross walk, taunting drivers, and just being overall snobs. Other great things about Boulder is it’s outdoors and health culture, it’s extremely pet friendly, it’s cultured, and it’s close to Denver!
Boulder is a splendid place to live. It perfectly mixes together a small town vibe and an urban metropolis. There are always things to do because of the young vibrant university atmosphere, and the multitude of outdoor activities. With the various canyons that have world renowned climbing, 100+ miles of hiking trails, fly fishing in the Boulder Creek; it is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.

There are tons of options for groceries, housing styles, options for schools, and any and all types of restaurants. It's a town that is small enough to bike to just about anywhere you need to go, and also a magnificent amount of bike trails and lanes throughout the city and suburbs.

If you're looking for a forward-thinking town that is inclusive and pushing the boundaries, Boulder is just the town for you!