According to results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released in February 2010, Boulder is one of the happiest and healthiest cities in the nation. Boulder ranked #1 in overall well-being and work experience, and ranked near the top of the list in healthy behaviors, physical health, and access to basic needs for a healthy life.
Quality of Life
Boulder offers an award-winning quality of life that helps employers attract and retain a high quality workforce.
- Boulder has a dry, moderate climate with four distinct seasons and over 300 days of sunshine a year—more than San Diego or Miami.
- Boulder’s location at the base of the Rockies, 45,000+ acres of open space, and more than 150 miles of biking and hiking trails provide stunning views and amazing recreational opportunities.
- Boulder residents are well-educated and local public schools are excellent. Boulder Valley District schools are consistently ranked among the best in the state. Average SAT scores are significantly higher than state and national averages.
- Boulder is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s healthiest places to live.
- The Boulder area offers a wide choice of housing options, homes are competitively priced, and home values have remained stable.
- Boulder is located in the Mountain Time Zone, only 30 minutes from the big-city amenities of Denver and 45 minutes from the Denver International Airport.
- Boulder is 5,430 feet (more than a mile) above sea level. The city of Boulder covers 27.8 square miles; Boulder County covers 740 square miles.
- Boulder offers an impressive variety of dining, shopping, art and cultural activities.
- The cost of living in the Boulder area compares favorably to other areas of the US.
(Chautauqua Dining Hall, Courtesy Emily Scott)