Boulder, CO Location Overview

Boulder is a home-rule city and county seat of Boulder County, Colorado. Located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city sits at 5,430 ft above sea level and is easily distinguished by “The Flatirons” rock formation backdrop. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, Boulder has a population of 108,250 making it the principal city of the Boulder, CO MSA which has 330,758 people. Named after the Boulder Creek which flows through it, Boulder is home to the flagship campus of the University of Colorado.

Boulder is first and foremost a college town. Founded in 1876, the University of Colorado Boulder, commonly known as CU Boulder, has an undergraduate enrollment of over 35,000 (2022) and plays a large role in the city’s economy. In addition to the university, Boulder is a hub of science institutes and research facilities including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and United States Geological Survey (USGS). The metro has developed into a dynamic economy seeing large tech companies increasingly present in the last decade. Several Fortune 500 companies are now present in the metro including Amazon, Uber, Twitter, GE, IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Qualcomm.

Boulder is a mecca of outdoor recreation, bringing in outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. The area has more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails including the historic Chautauqua Park which sits at the foot of The Flatirons and has 40 miles of hiking trails and rock-climbing access. With a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Pearl Street is the heart of downtown Boulder. Varying from casual dining at The Sink restaurant to Michelin-star rated, Frasca Food & Wine, there is no shortage of world-class cuisine.

Boulder, CO

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2ND
Best Places to Live for Quality of Life
U.S. News & World Report (2023)
3RD
Best Place for Young Professionals
U.S. News & World Report (2023)
5TH
Best Place to Live
U.S. News & World Report (2023)
4TH
Best City for Tech Jobs
Indeed.com (2023)
8TH
Healthiest City in America
Niche.com

Top Highlights

  • The Colorado Buffaloes compete in the NCAA Division 1 Pac-12 Conference. CU’s football stadium, Folsom Field, holds over 50,000 spectators, and its basketball arena, Coors Event Center, holds over 11,000 bringing in large economic stimulation for the city
  • Major Employers: Boulder Community Health, Amazon, Uber, Twitter, Apple, Ball Corporation, Array BioPharma, IBM Corporation, Google, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Medtronic, Qualcomm, Zayo Group, Wells Fargo
  • Each Memorial Day, the city puts on the Bolder Boulder, a 10k foot race with over 50,000 participants and 100,000 spectators, making it the 3rd largest running race in the US and 7th in the world

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