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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Boulder is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 0.00% of the Boulder workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Boulder is a city of sales and office workers, transportation and shipping workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Boulder who work in office and administrative support (0.00%), sales jobs (0.00%), and personal care services (0.00%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.82% 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.

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.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Boulder. 73.77% 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 $40,895, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $163,580 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 Scottish.

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