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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. Living in Boulder County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Boulder County there are a lot of 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
Suburban
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
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    97
    41
  • Robbery
    36
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    300
    500
  • Theft
    2,068
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    226
    284
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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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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)!
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Very laid back community, but still very athletic. There is always something to do without too much pressure added to it. Farmers markets, tea houses, hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and much more! With CU Boulder as a central point of the town there is always a chance to further you education and get involved with the party scene up on the Hill.
Wonderful place to study and play! More efforts to conserve nature here are always appreciated. While Boulder is beautiful, efforts to decrease traffic here would also be a wise response to the increasing inhabitants.