Boulder, Colo., City and Higher Education Info

Nestled in the mountains, about an hour's drive from Colorado's capital city of Denver, Boulder is home to the University of Colorado at Boulder, one of the nation's premier public universities. Its residents also share their city with Naropa University, which features the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Information about Boulder

City Facts

In 2014, Boulder had an estimated population of approximately 105,000 residents, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Boulder is a predominantly white, highly-educated college town with a median 2010-2014 household income of $58,062.

Boulder is surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountainous terrain in the world, providing access to unlimited outdoor activities and sports. Winter sports, of course, are highly popular, but the summers offer not-to-be-missed recreational opportunities as well, including hiking and camping in the foothills west of town or in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.

Higher Education Facts

The city's major educational institution is the University of Colorado at Boulder, the oldest and largest of the state's public universities. With just over 32,000 students as of Fall 2014, Boulder is the cultural, educational and economic heart of the greater Boulder region. Awarding hundreds of degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, CU-Boulder was ranked one of the country's top 100 national universities and one of its top 40 public schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other educational institutions in Boulder include Naropa University, one of the nation's only Buddhist universities.

Employment in Boulder

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many Boulder-area residents work in education, training, and library occupations. Government is the industry employing the highest number of workers as of 2016, per the BLS.

Boulder also attracts big-ticket employers besides the university. Many high technology and dot.com companies are located in Boulder, including IBM, Ball Aerospace Technologies and Lockheed Martin. Boulder's close proximity to the rest of the Denver metropolitan area and communities such as Fort Collins also provides residents with extensive employment opportunities outside of the city.


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