Boulder, CO
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Boulder is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 107,349 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Boulder is the 11th largest community in Colorado.

Boulder home prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, but Boulder real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Boulder is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Boulder is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Boulder who work in sales jobs (11.75%), management occupations (11.68%), and teaching (10.93%).

Also of interest is that Boulder has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Boulder is also a city of artists. Boulder has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Boulder’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.68% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Boulder really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Boulder is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Boulder more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Boulder’s character and quality of life.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Boulder is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Boulder area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Boulder is a pretty powerful place. 72.28% of the adults in Boulder have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Boulder in 2010 was $37,639, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $150,556 for a family of four. However, Boulder contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Boulder is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Boulder home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Boulder residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Boulder include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Boulder is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.