Boulder, CO
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Boulder is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 107,125 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 93.01% 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 management occupations (11.75%), teaching (11.05%), and sales jobs (10.69%).

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: 12.49% 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.

Boulder is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Boulder has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Boulder enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Boulder.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Boulder. 72.18% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Boulder in 2010 was $38,905, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $155,620 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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