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Overview

Introduction to Boulder, Colorado

The Colorado city of Boulder is the county seat of Boulder County and also the county's largest city. Perched at an elevation of 5,400 feet above sea-level, the city is located 30 miles northwest of the Colorado state capital of Denver. Boulder is home to the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state's largest university.

Until the late 1850's, the Boulder Valley was inhabited by Indians, primarily the Southern Arapaho tribe. The first known non-native settlers in the area were gold prospectors who arrived in 1858, when Boulder was still part of the Nebraska Territory. In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was created by the U.S. Congress and in 1871 Boulder (then known as Boulder City) was incorporated as a city. Five years later the University of Colorado at Boulder opened and in that same year (1876) Colorado achieved its statehood. Through the early part of the 20th century, mining and tourism were two of the city's principal industries. Later years saw a different kind of industry with the arrival of the National Bureau of Standards (which today is the National Institute of Standards and Technology, home of the atomic clock) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Boulder is often cited as one of the nation's most desirable places to live. The city's natural beauty, abundant recreational options, and lively cultural atmosphere are just a few reasons why.

Things to do in Boulder

The city of Boulder is replete with activities and attractions of all kinds: indoor, outdoor, recreational, festive, cultural, you name it. With the possible exception of surfers, outdoor recreation lovers will always find something to do here. To begin with, the city is surrounded by more than 31,000 acres of recreational open space and nature preserves, providing abundant opportunities for biking, hiking and rock climbing. Over 120 miles of trails vary in size and difficulty, from the simple to the technically challenging. The Boulder Creek Path is a 16-mile trail perfect for walking, biking, or in-line skating. World-class rock climbing can be found in nearby Eldorado Canyon, six miles south of Boulder. Only an hour away is Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Two of Boulder's annual events focus on outdoor recreation. the "Bolder Boulder" is a 10K road race held every on Memorial Day which draws up to 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair racers. "Kinetics" is an annual race across land and water by human-powered vehicles, held every year to mark the beginning of spring. Another yearly event (held on Memorial Day in conjunction with Bolder Boulder) is the Boulder Creek Fest, which features art, music, food, and local dance troupes.

Arts and culture are not lacking in Boulder either. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is held every summer at the outdoor Mary Rippon Theater on the University of Colorado campus. Also on the University campus is the Colorado MahlerFest, an annual celebration honoring Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, held every January. On Thursday nights in the summer, "Bands on the Bricks" features street musicians performing a wide variety of musical styles. One of the top comprehensive university museums of natural history in the nation is the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. Located on the University campus, the museum contains over four million anthropology, biology, and geology/paleontology research specimens. Exhibits include fossils, animals native to Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, and ancient Southwestern cultures. Other cultural venues in the city include the following:

  • Colorado Academy of Art
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Boulder History Museum
  • Leanin' Tree Museum & Sculpture Garden of Western Art
  • University of Colorado Heritage Center
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Fiske Planetarium / Sommer Bausch Observatory
  • Flagstaff Mountain and Summit Nature Center

Other attractions in and around Boulder include the Farmers' Market, open twice weekly April through October in the downtown area; the Gateway Park Fun Center, offering go-karts, mini-golf, and batting cages: and several area wineries.

Spectator sports in Boulder focus on collegiate action, with the University of Colorado Buffaloes located in the city. The Buffaloes play in the NCAA’s Division I (I-A for football) as members of the Big 12 Conference. The football team shared a national championship in 1990, and the University's teams have won national championships in cross country, cycling, triathlon, and skiing. Professional sports can be found in nearby Denver, only a half-hour away. Major league teams that play there include the following:

  • Major League Baseball: Colorado Rockies
  • National Football League: Denver Broncos
  • National Basketball Association: Denver Nuggets
  • National Hockey League: Colorado Avalanche
  • Major League Soccer (MLS): Colorado Rapids
  • National Lacrosse League (NLL): Colorado Mammoth

Demographics

People

Total Population105,420
Male Share of the Population52%
Female Share of the Population48%
Senior Citizens10.3%
Employed Population 16+56,875
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married33.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher72.2%
Median Earnings25+$43,895
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,941
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,275

Wealth

Median Family Income$107,216
% Above Poverty Level78%
% Below Poverty Level22%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home12.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work21.7%
% Using Public Transportation8.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,313
Median House Value$554,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.4%
German21.4%
Irish13.6%
English11.3%
Italian6.2%
Polish3.7%
Scottish3.6%
French Except Basque3.3%
Russian2.8%
Swedish2.7%
Norwegian2.3%
Dutch1.4%
Czech1.1%
Welsh1%
Danishn0.9%
Arab0.8%
Greek0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
African0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Belgian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
US/American0.3%
Israeli0.3%
Croatian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Australian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
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Boulder Almanac

CategoryValue
County Boulder County
Standard Zip Codes80301, 80302, 80303, 80304, 80305
P.O. Box Zip Codes80306, 80307, 80308
Company Zip Codes80309, 80310, 80314, 80321, 80322, 80323, 80328, 80329
Phone Area Codes303
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude40.02
Approximate Longitude-105.25

Boulder Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationBOULDER
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 46 F
Apr Temp34 to 63 F
Jul Temp56 to 87 F
Oct Temp37 to 67 F
Annual Precip19.9 inches
StationLONGMONT 2 ESE
Distance15 miles
Jan Temp12 to 42 F
Apr Temp32 to 62 F
Jul Temp55 to 89 F
Oct Temp33 to 67 F
Annual Precip14.1 inches
StationLAKEWOOD
Distance20.1 miles
Jan Temp13 to 44 F
Apr Temp30 to 59 F
Jul Temp55 to 86 F
Oct Temp32 to 65 F
Annual Precip17 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Broomfield62,449$98,823
Jamestown219$113,750
Lafayette27,053$86,437
Louisville19,972$122,580
Nederland1,560$89,688
Superior12,928$126,071

Boulder Public Libraries

Boulder Public Library
1001 ARAPAHOE AVENUE
Boulder, Colorado
(303) 441-3100

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Boulder Hospitals

Boulder Community Foothills Hospital
(Non-profit)
4747 Arapahoe
(720) 854-7000

Boulder Public Schools

Boulder Prep Charter High School
5075 Chaparral Court #1
ZIP: 80301
High
Total Enrollment 101
Heatherwood Elementary School
7750 Concord Drive
ZIP: 80301
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
New Vista High School
700 20th Street
ZIP: 80302
High
Total Enrollment 295
Flatirons Elementary School
1150 7th Street
ZIP: 80302
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
Whittier Elementary School
2008 Pine Street
ZIP: 80302
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
University Hill Elementary School
956 16th Street
ZIP: 80302
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Boulder High School
1604 Arapahoe Avenue
ZIP: 80302
High
Total Enrollment 1993
Manhattan Middle School Of The Arts And Academics
290 Manhattan Drive
ZIP: 80303
Middle
Total Enrollment 543
Boulder Community School/integrated Studies
3995 East Aurora Avenue
ZIP: 80303
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
Douglass Elementary School
840 75th Street
ZIP: 80303
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Nevin Platt Middle School
6096 Baseline Road
ZIP: 80303
Middle
Total Enrollment 560
Boulder Explore
6500 Arapahoe Ave
ZIP: 80303
Other
Total Enrollment 36
High Peaks Elementary School
3995 East Aurora Avenue
ZIP: 80303
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Boulder Universal
6500 East Arapahoe Road
ZIP: 80303
Other
Total Enrollment 124
Eisenhower Elementary School
1220 Eisenhower Drive
ZIP: 80303
Primary
Total Enrollment 405
Arapahoe Ridge High School
6600 Arapahoe Avenue
ZIP: 80303
High
Total Enrollment 138
Horizons K-8 School
4545 Sioux Drive
ZIP: 80303
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Halcyon School (special Education)
3100 Bucknell Court
ZIP: 80303
Other
Total Enrollment 21
Centennial Middle School
2205 Norwood Avenue
ZIP: 80304
Middle
Total Enrollment 595
Foothill Elementary School
1001 Hawthorne Avenue
ZIP: 80304
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Mapleton Early Childhood Center
840 Mapleton Avenue
ZIP: 80304
Primary
Total Enrollment 116
Casey Middle School
1301 High Street
ZIP: 80304
Middle
Total Enrollment 609
Columbine Elementary School
3130 Repplier Drive
ZIP: 80304
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Crest View Elementary School
1897 Sumac Avenue
ZIP: 80304
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
Community Montessori School
805 Gillaspie Dr
ZIP: 80305
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Fairview High School
1515 Greenbriar Boulevard
ZIP: 80305
High
Total Enrollment 2176
Creekside Elementary School At Martin Park
3740 Martin Drive
ZIP: 80305
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Mesa Elementary School
1575 Lehigh Street
ZIP: 80305
Primary
Total Enrollment 330
Southern Hills Middle School
1500 Knox Drive
ZIP: 80305
Middle
Total Enrollment 560
Summit Middle Charter School
4655 Hanover Avenue
ZIP: 80305
Middle
Total Enrollment 349
Bear Creek Elementary School
2500 Table Mesa Drive
ZIP: 80305
Primary
Total Enrollment 417

Boulder Private Schools

Mountain Shadows Montessori School
4154 63rd St
ZIP: 80301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 55
Mapleton Montessori School
3121 29th St
ZIP: 80301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 90
Boulder Country Day
4820 Nautilus Ct N
ZIP: 80301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 270
September School
1902 Walnut St
ZIP: 80302
Secondary
Total Enrollment 20
Hillside School
6717 S Boulder Rd
ZIP: 80303
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 40
Friends' School
5465 Pennsylvania Ave
ZIP: 80303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
Countryside Montessori School
5524 Baseline Rd
ZIP: 80303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Patience Montessori School
3600 Hazelwood Ct
ZIP: 80304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Tara Performing Arts High School
4180 19th St
ZIP: 80304
Secondary
Total Enrollment 44
Jarrow Montessori School
3900 Orange Ct
ZIP: 80304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 79
Blue Sky Kindergarten
3046 11th St
ZIP: 80304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
Sacred Heart Of Jesus School
1317 Mapleton Ave
ZIP: 80304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 288
Shining Mountain Waldorf School
999 Violet Ave
ZIP: 80304
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 288
Watershed School
1661 Alpine Ave
ZIP: 80304
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 61
Bixby School
4760 Table Mesa Dr
ZIP: 80305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 104
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