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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado is a classic college town with 32,000 students in the University of Colorado. Students and people who want to live in a college town come here for UC's  vital atmosphere and the Rocky Mountains. Its strong high-tech industry provides a good economic base. There are many cultural things to do. The area has a relatively mild climate compared to the mountains nearby.

Boulder, a city of over100,000, tends to be one of the more expensive towns in Colorado, reflecting its desirability and the strong local economy. The city has won so many awards that the City’s official website has an entire page devoted to them – most focusing on best “Green”, “Bicycling”, “Running”, “Healthiest”, “Best Place to Live”. It has many parks and a plethora of cultural opportunities. Boulder is located in Boulder County. The city of Denver is less than 50 miles away. 

Where to Retire in Boulder and Home Prices

Real estate developers have taken note of Boulder's popularity with retirees and have responded with many 55+ developments. They range in price and in amenities (see Active Communities link at left).
Boulder real estate is quite expensive compared to U.S. averages and  some other cities in Colorado. According to the National Association of Realtors the median selling price of a single family home in Boulder was $603,600, in the 1st quarter of 2019, up from $588,500, a year earlier in the first quarter of 2018.

What is special about Boulder

University town; 54 urban parks; The Rocky Mountains; Mapleton Historic District ; 13 ski resorts within 100 miles;  54 golf courses within 30 miles; Boulder is a very walkable town.

What is not special about Boulder

This is a very green, liberal community (which might not appeal to those on the other side of the spectrum). Housing is very expensive (but stable).

Climate and Physical Environment

Boulder is located in a basin in north central Colorado at 5344 feet above sea level. The Rocky Mountains rise immediately to the west, as does the Continental Divide. Boulder Creek flows through town. Boulder has an unusual weather combination- it boasts of 300 days of sunshine per year, and 102 inches of precipitation (83 inches of snow).

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Macky Auditorium Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Colorado provides ballet and a concert hall; there is a Nomad Theatre as well as ensemble and dinner theatres; the University has an excellent Museum of Natural History; there are a variety of cultural events throughout the year;  the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Bach Festival are two of the more famous.


Boulder's crime rate is well below average.

Medical facilities

Boulder Community Hospital


Denver International Airport is 43 miles away. 

Valuable Links

Boulder on Wikipedia

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