Did You Know?

  • Boulder named “Skinniest City in America” Gallup polls, March 7, 2012

  • In 2012, Boulder was named the number 1 college town on Livability.com’s list of 10 Top College Towns.

  • The National Arbor Day foundation has named Boulder, CO “Tree City USA 2011″ the 27th consecutive year in a row!

  • Lonely Planet has named Boulder the #7 Top US Travel Destination for 2012. (December 2011)

  • Boulder has been named the #1 Most Educated Metro Area by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2011

  • Boulder was named America’s Most Economically Vibrant College Town by The Atlantic Cities in 2011.

  • Bloomberg Businessweek named Boulder America’s Best Town for Startups.  April 22, 2011

  • Boulder was named one of the nation’s Top 10 Winter Towns by National Geographic Traveler magazine. (January-February 2011)

  • In 2010, Boulder was named one of America’s Nine Best College Towns by IndependentTraveler.com and one of the Top 12 Best College Football Towns by the Associated Press.

  • In Forbes’ Best Cities for Business and Careers, Boulder ranked #14 in the nation. (April 2010)

  • According to Bicycling magazine, Boulder is one of America’s Best Bike Cities. (Ranked #3 – May 2010)

  • In June 2010, Portfolio.com ranked Boulder as the mid-size city with the Best Quality of Life in America.

  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek named Boulder as the Best Tech Startup Town in America. (April 2010)

  • In January 2010, Boulder was named one of the Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. according to TripAdvisor.

  • RelocateAmerica.com named Boulder one of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2010 (ranked #9).

  • Boulder was named “America’s Foodiest Town 2010″ by Bon Appetite magazine.

  • In December 2010, Boulder was ranked the #1 city in the country for brainpower by Portfolio.com.

  • Boulder has the third highest concentration of high tech employment in the nation. (Cybercities 2010)

  • In 2010, Boulder was named one of the top ten “Cities for the Next Decade” by Kiplinger Personal Finance (Ranked #4).

  • 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.

  • Boulder has a dry, moderate climate with four distinct seasons and over 300 days of sunshine a year – more than San Diego or Miami.

  • The city of Boulder is 5,430 feet (more than a mile) above sea level. Nearby Denver has an altitude of 5,280 feet and is known as the Mile High City. 

  • The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at CU Boulder is the only lab in the world to design and build instruments that have visited every planet in the solar system.

  • In August 2009, BusinessWeek magazine reported Boulder had the strongest housing market in the nation.

  • Boulder has nearly 100,000 residents including over 20,000 University of Colorado students. Since 2000, the city’s population has grown an average of 0.5% each year and is expected to grow to 118,500 by 2030.

  • Boulder is only 30 minutes from the business and cultural amenities of downtown Denver and 45 minutes from one of the world’s largest international airports.

  • Boulder is home to one of IBM’s largest and “greenest” data centers in North America. Opened in 2008, the 115,000-square-foot facility was designed to significantly reduce energy costs and is part of IBM’s Project Big Green.

  • Forbes magazine recently ranked the Metro Denver area, which includes Boulder, as the 8th most wired city in the country.

  • The Bolder Boulder, a Memorial Day tradition since it was co-founded in 1979 by Steve Bosley and Olympic medalist Frank Shorter, attracts over 50,000 participants each year.  On May 25, 2009 organizers signed the race’s 1,000,000th entrant.

  • Since 2003, the Boulder area has had the highest concentration of software engineers in the US.

  • In 2nd quarter 2009, Colorado ranked #3 in the nation for venture capital investment in the biotechnology industry according to the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree(tm) report. Over 80% of VC investment in state companies went to bioscience companies (biotechnology – $164 million, medical devices & equipment – $8 million).

  • Currently, an average of 10 bioscience companies are formed each year based on technologies developed at the University of Colorado. 

  • Boulder ranks #1 among medium-sized metro areas in concentration of employment in the medical devices industry.

  • Fourteen NASA astronauts are graduates of the University of Colorado.

  • In 2007, more than $350 million in NASA prime contracts was awarded to Colorado recipients including Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace and the University of Colorado.

  • The Aerospace Engineering doctorate program at the University of Colorado, a member of the US Air Force Space Education Consortium,  is ranked among the best in the nation.

  • The Colorado Space Coalition, a group of industry stakeholders including space companies, military leaders, academic groups, research centers, and economic development organizations, works to make Colorado a center of excellence for aerospace.

  • Colorado has the highest concentration of private aerospace employment in the nation and the second highest number of aerospace employees.

  • The University of Colorado at Boulder, home to four Nobel laureates, is one of only 34 US public research universities invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities.

  • 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 has been rated the top “Dream Town” by Outside Magazine, best city for cycling by Bicycling magazine, the #1 of “Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid” by Backpacker magazine, and a “Top Heart-Friendly City”.

  • The University of Colorado, the state’s largest and most comprehensive campus with nearly 30,000 students and 3,400 courses in 150 fields of study is home to four Nobel Laureates.

  • The Boulder area ranks #1 in the nation for scientists and engineers as a percent of the workforce. (National Science Board, 2008)

  • Colorado is ranked #3 in the ability to support a knowledge- and technology-based economy, based on education, science and engineering workforce, research and development, high-tech employment concentration, and entrepreneurial environment. (Milken Institute, 2008)

  • Boulder was ranked #20 on the Forbes magazine 2009 list of the nation’s “Best Places for Business and Careers”.

  • For the second year in a row, Boulder was named the “Most Educated City in America” by Forbes magazine, based on the percentage of residents with college degrees. (November 2008)

  • Boulder has over 300 restaurants featuring local, regional and international cuisine. Several local restaurants have received national acclaim including Frasca Food and Wine, winner of a prestigious James Beard award.

  • Boulder has more than 30 art galleries and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top cities for art by American Style magazine. The city is also home to four museums, 32 movie and stage theaters, and an impressive variety of cultural performances and events.

  • Boulder has a long history of supporting healthy lifestyles and is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s healthiest places to live.  In addition to being an athlete’s dream town, Boulder has a high concentration of natural and organic products companies and the state’s largest outdoor farmer’s market.

  • Boulder was recently rated the “#1 Sports Town in America” by Outside Magazine. The city offers a sunny, temperate climate, abundance of nearby recreational areas, and full range of activities to choose from.

  • Based on its dedication to preserving natural open space, protecting the environment, and addressing climate change, Boulder has a well-deserved reputation as an environmental leader.

  • Scott Carpenter, a NASA astronaut, grew up in Boulder. He named his space capsule after his home on Aurora and 7th. The capsule was Aurora 7.

  • Colorado ranked #4 in computer specialists as a share of the state’s workforce. The state has the nation’s fifth largest employment base in software publishing.

  • Colorado ranks #5 in the nation in software services employment. IT jobs are expected to represent most of the major job growth in the state through 2012.