Boulder 67 Average
Boulder Livability #209 ranked city in Colorado#13,582 ranked city in the USARanks better than 53% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Boulder Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Boulder Cost of Living Cost of living is 30% higher than Colorado
14444% more expensive than the US average
11111% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Boulder cost of living
D- Boulder Crime Total crime is 26% higher than Colorado
Total crime
4,09274% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2574% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
25%Year over year crime is up
Boulder crime
C+ Boulder Employment Household income is 3% lower than Colorado
Median household income
$60,5699% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,90530% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%12% lower than the US average
Boulder employment
D- Boulder Housing Home value is 110% higher than Colorado
Median home value
$554,500200% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,31338% higher than the US average
Home ownership
48%25% lower than the US average
Boulder real estate or Boulder rentals
A Boulder Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Colorado
High school grad. rates
95%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/aequal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Boulder K-12 schools
D- Boulder User Ratings There are a total of 29 ratings in Boulder
Overall user rating
53% 29 total ratings
User reviews rating
32% 9 total reviews
User surveys rating
75% 20 total surveys
all Boulder poll results

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      Living in Boulder, CO

      Located in the state of Colorado, Boulder is a moderately-sized city with a population of 105,420 inhabitants. In Boulder, there are 4,012 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. According to the most recent Census, 88% of Boulder residents are White, 5% Asian and 1% Black. The median age of all Boulder residents is 29, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 81% of the population considered married and 57% with kids under the age of 18, Boulder could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Boulder could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Colorado if you know where to look. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Boulder and in the areas around Boulder is a much easier task.

      Boulder, CO receives 68 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #140 in Colorado and #12,913 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Boulder has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and education (B-). On a less positive note, Boulder does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Boulder, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Boulder: Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory, Pearl Street Mall, and Pearl Street Mall.

      The Boulder unemployment rate (0%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

      Boulder real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Boulder. The median home price for Boulder homes is $554,500, which is 109.6% higher than the Colorado average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Boulder, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 9.2, which is 119% higher than the Colorado average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Boulder area were 5.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Boulder transportation information

      Average one way commute19min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work51.3%75.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool4.9%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit8.3%3.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle10.3%1.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk11.4%3.0%2.8%
      Working from home12.5%7.0%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Boulder, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).