Boulder, CO
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Living in Boulder


Boulder is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 105,673 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 92.41% 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 (11.57%), teaching (10.58%), and sales jobs (10.24%).

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.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Boulder has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.26% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Not only is Boulder a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Boulder a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Boulder use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Boulder‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Boulder, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Boulder is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 73.85% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Boulder in 2018 was $42,203, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $168,812 for a family of four. However, Boulder contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Boulder is a very 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.