Boulder is home to a dynamic business environment and vibrant community entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, students, scientists, families and more.

Why Boulder?

With 45,000 acres of preserved open space, over 150 miles of trails and 300-plus days of sunshine a year, Boulder offers scenic beauty and an ideal place to live, work and play. In addition to abundant recreational opportunities and an impressive variety of dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural offerings, the city is home to world-class research and educational institutions, a diverse mix of thriving industries, and a well-educated and highly skilled workforce.

Boulder is conveniently located within a 35-minute drive of downtown Denver and 45-minute drive of Denver International Airport. Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour away and top ski resorts are within a 2- to 4-hour drive. Located in the 7-county Metro Denver region, Boulder is the largest city in Boulder County.

The city offers excellent schools, high quality healthcare, wide range of housing options and is ranked as one of the nation's healthiest places to live.

Boulder Market Profile

Boulder has over 108,000 residents. When compared to national averages, the city's residents are younger, have higher incomes and are more likely to have college degrees. The city is widely recognized as an innovation and startup hub and has a vibrant economy supported by the University of Colorado, more than a dozen national research labs and over 7,000 businesses in a wide range of industries.

Boulder is home to a diverse mix of businesses including a high concentration in professional services, advanced (aerospace, bioscience, cleantech, technology and information, manufacturing) and lifestyle (creative, natural products, outdoor recreation, tourism) industries.

Summaries of recent data on Boulder's economy including population and demographic characteristics, employment and job growth, top industries and employers, retail sales, commercial and residential real estate trends, venture capital investment and tourism are published by the Boulder Economic Council.


The city provides a variety of map resources, ranging from transit and trail maps, to interactive GIS maps and school district maps.