Population: 105,420Median home value: $554,500 72 Ranks better than 55% of areas

Livability Awards

For Sale
For Rent

Find real estate listings

Find rental listings

A+ Boulder Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Boulder Cost of Living Cost of living is 32% higher than Colorado
14242% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Boulder cost of living
A Boulder Crime Total crime is 54% lower than Colorado
Total crime
1,41249% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7149% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-50%Year over year crime is down
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
B- Boulder Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Colorado
High school grad. rates
95%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
53%8% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Boulder K-12 schools or Boulder colleges

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.

Check Your Commute Time

Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
See more Boulder, CO transportation information

Compare Boulder, CO Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Boulder, CO

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Palo Park, Boulder771.32,365
Crossroads, Boulder770.27,095
East Boulder, Boulder771.53,257
Gunbarrel, Boulder754.57,722
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Boulder, Boulder743.216,230
North Boulder, Boulder712.311,930
Southeast Boulder, Boulder702.620,905
Colorado University, Boulder691.49,791

Best Cities Near Boulder, CO

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Glendale CDP, CO862878
Meridian, CO85403,327
Superior, CO838.312,928
Seven Hills, CO834.298
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pine Brook Hill, CO8231,091
Tabernash, CO8031.5430
Louisville, CO79719,972
Leyner, CO797.827
See all Colorado cities

How Do You Rate The Livability In Boulder?

1. Select a livability score between 1-100
2. Select any tags that apply to this area View results

Boulder Reviews

Write a review about Boulder Tell people what you like or don't like about Boulder…
Review Boulder
Overall rating Rollover stars and click to rate
Rate local amenities Rollover bars and click to rate
Less Than Awesome

I am a student here and love it here for the most part. However, the city of Boulder's government is horrendous. Parking tickets are issued every day on a regular occurrence, and for the dumbest reasons. I don't have a single friend who hasn't gotten one. The city provides no space to park for free anywhere. Seems pretty silly to need to pay in order to just park my car anywhere I go. The inflation on real estate is also unreal. Many of the houses here are pretty trash for the amount you pay to live here. Awesome place to visit. CU Boulder is an awesome school. But I certainly do not recommend living here.
  • 0 0
Love it here but the local government is full of corruption and make s conduct.

Awesome place to visit or live but you can not trust the local government on any level. Even though its a medium small size town the police kill or murder others and get completely away with it just like any big city. Be careful have fun.
  • 0 0
Boulder, CO - It's More Than Just a Rock

I manage to get to Boulder, CO about twice a year with work. I have enjoyed every stay I have ever had there. It's hard not to, as the city is absolutely beautiful.

The city of Boulder, CO is just one of those places that is so entertwined with the natural surroundings. The buildings all reflect the beauty of the mountains in the colors and designs that are predominant. Even the homes in the area just seem to really fit.

Considering the large size of Boulder, it's pretty easy to get around. The roads are clearly marked and traffic is relatively light. Considering that it's a college town, you don't see many "crazy teenagers" on the roads.

Boulder, CO seems to be a very health conscious city. There are bicycle lanes along many roads, and they are in constant use. It's nothing to see several bicyclists in all their safety gear riding beside traffic that in turn takes care to keep them safe. I also noticed that many of the restaurants I dined in offered healthy items on their menus.

Every hotel I have ever stayed in during my stays in Boulder has been clean and comfortable. The various restaurants are very good with a wide selection of cuisine, and the people are wonderfully friendly.
  • 0 0
Reason for reporting
Source: The Boulder, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
Are you looking to buy or sell?
What style of home are you
What is your
When are you looking to
ASAP1-3 mos.3-6 mos.6-9 mos.1 yr+
Connect with top real estate agents
By submitting this form, you consent to receive text messages, emails, and/or calls (may be recorded; and may be direct, autodialed or use pre-recorded/artificial voices even if on the Do Not Call list) from AreaVibes or our partner real estate professionals and their network of service providers, about your inquiry or the home purchase/rental process. Messaging and/or data rates may apply. Consent is not a requirement or condition to receive real estate services. You hereby further confirm that checking this box creates an electronic signature with the same effect as a handwritten signature.