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Boulder, CO

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Boulder's Livability

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About Boulder, CO

Boulder, CO is located in Boulder County in the state of Colorado.

The total City Population for Boulder is about 104,930 with about 1,595 people per square mile, and the larger Metro Area Population is about 120,818.

The Average Home Value is $790,422, which is roughly 67% higher than the Average Home Value of $264,378 for the state of Colorado, and roughly 76% higher than the National Average of $188,692.

The Median Income Per Household is about $74,902, which is roughly 18% higher than the Average Median Income Per Household of $61,414 for the state of Colorado, and roughly 23% higher higher than the National Average of $57,518.

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Quick Stats

Boulder Population 104,930
Average Home Value $790,422
Median Household Income $74,902
Median Age 28.9
Unemployment Rate 5.6%
Politics 77.19% Democratic

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 1.00
Male Population Estimate: 51.5%
Female Population Estimate: 48.5%
Median Age: 28.9
Male Median Age: 14.4
Female Median Age: 15.4

Racial Demographic Estimates



Boulder County voted Democratic in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Michael Bennet
U.S. Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
John Hickenlooper
U.S. Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
Jared Polis
State governor
Jared Polis
Democratic Party

Voting Results by Party

Democratic: 77.19%
Republican: 20.62%
Libertarian: 1.23%
Other: 0.62%
Green: 0.34%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Boulder specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Boulder County: About 1.42872 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Boulder County: About 242.376 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Boulder County is about 64% lower than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 16% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Boulder is about 5.6%.

Colorado is ranked #9 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 71.88 out of 100.

9th out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 73.46

The average living wage for the state of Colorado is $34.94/hr, while the states minimum wage is $12.32/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Colorado a minimum wage score of 69.67 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $9.30/hr, which gives Colorado a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 68.4 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Colorado is $295.68, resulting in a UI benefit score of 80.13 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
Colorado does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
Colorado does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Colorado does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
Colorado does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
Colorado does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
Colorado does provide some form of paid family leave.
Colorado does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Colorado does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Colorado does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Colorado does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Colorado does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Colorado does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Colorado does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
X Colorado does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
Colorado does not have a "right-to-work" law.
Colorado does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
X Colorado does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Colorado does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Colorado does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Colorado does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 80301, 80302, 80303, 80304, 80305, 80309, 80310, 80314 (8 Total Zip Codes)
Latitude: 40.024800
Longitude: -105.252400
TimeZone: Mountain (GMT -07:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: West
Average Elevation: 5497.3 ft.
Area Code(s): 303, 720