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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Boulder is a city in Colorado with a population of 107,360. Boulder is in Boulder County and is one of the best places to live in Colorado. Living in Boulder offers residents an urban suburban mix 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
107,360

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$645,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,466
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Boulder Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    197.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    36
    40.7
  • Robbery
    36
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    356.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,800.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    226.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    30%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Boulder

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$66,117
National
$55,322
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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!
I relocated to Boulder, CO for educational purposes. It seems to be a great town to study and focus in. I very much enjoy being so submerged in nature and having endless amounts of clean, safe and maintained trails at my fingertips to hike, bike or run on. I love the sense of safeness and healthy lifestyle that surround me here. I do however, miss the diversity of ethnicities and the rich art and creativity that brings to a community. If it is one thing Boulder could use more of, it would be diversity. Despite the feeling of living in a beautiful buble, there are many opportunities and much encouragement to get out and explore the midwest. I feel very much privileged and lucky for this opportunity to experience such a beautiful place on earth. I look forward to exploring what the midwest has to offer as a whole.