Boulder, CO
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Boulder is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 107,353 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.

A relatively large number of people in Boulder telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.26% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Boulder is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Boulder a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Boulder is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Boulder, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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 2010 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.