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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 County is located in Colorado with a population of 316,782. Boulder County is one of the best places to live in Colorado. In Boulder County, most residents own their homes. In Boulder County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Boulder County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Boulder County are highly rated.
Population
316,782

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$423,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,334
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Boulder County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    171.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    96.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    36.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    299.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,068.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    225.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Boulder County

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,669
National
$55,322

Boulder County Reviews

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I really enjoy the scenery, the mountains are *right there*! There's a lovely nightlife as well, two great theaters (Fox Theater, The Boulder Theater), and plenty of bars and breweries to check out as well! Additionally, the weather is always excellent. Most of the time, it's sunny with not a cloud in the sky! The climate is that of a high altitude desert so it is pretty hot- just remember to stay hydrated! Unfortuantely, the traffic is not too good, lots of drivers and not many lanes on the road. One of the things that bothers me most though, is how seemingly segregated it is. The so called 'green space laws' are made such that no new (affordable) housing can be built. Also, there's an influx of tech bros, almost all of whom are white. I love the area but it feels like a white privilege bubble sometimes. Not my cup of tea.
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Fantastic place to live. My wife and I moved from Houston TX, and couldn't be happier. Longmont is a little more laid back and less expensive than Boulder. Parks and hiking/biking trails abound. Not much traffic and not an interstate to be seen, which is a huge difference coming from the Mega-freeways of Texas. Residents are generally friendly and kind-hearted. People are fairly environmentally conscious and lean left-of-center politically. More so in Boulder than the other towns. Low property taxes compared to other states. Boulder has an abundance of economic opportunity, especially around technology and startups.

The housing market is rapidly becoming unaffordable for working class families, which is a shame. Many locals are being pushed East out onto the plains where the property is cheaper. But that speaks to so many people moving here and wanting to live in Boulder county. I anticipate this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
Boulder is a beautiful place to live with tons of activities (indoors and of course outdoors). The people are friendly and kind hearted, and the atmosphere all together is mellow and relaxed. It's a lovely area and other residents encourage you to be involved in the community (friendly neighbors do still exist)!