Demographic Data

The city of Boulder has approximately 101,808 residents in 2013.  Population in the city has grown by an estimated 0.5% yearly since 2000 and is expected to grow to 119,371 by 2035.  University of Colorado students represent approximately 20% of the city’s population.  The presence of the university has a significant effect on the city’s demographics.  On average, Boulder residents are younger, and are more likely to have a college degree, work in professional or managerial occupations, and have higher incomes than residents of many other communities.

For more information including detailed tables, download: BEC Market Profile – March 2014 (.pdf).

Here’s a quick snapshot of select demographic data for the City of Boulder and Boulder County, along with national data for comparison.

2012 Demographic Snapshot
Population Characteristics City of Boulder Boulder County US Total
Total Population 103,163 310,048 316,128,839
Number of Households 42,307 123,489 116,291,033
Average Household Size 2.23 2.43 2.65
Average Family Size 2.91 3.02 3.26
% Family Households 39.8% 57.8% 65.9%
% Households w/children <18 18.0% 26.0% 32.1%
Median age 27.7 years 36.3 years 37.5 years
Population 18 or older 85.8% 79.5% 76.7%
Population 65 or older 10.0% 11.7% 14.1%
Education (residents 25 or older):
High school graduate + 96.8% 92.9% 86.8%
Bachelor’s degree + 75.0% 58.5% 29.6%
Advanced degree 39.2% 28.7% 11.2%
Population in civilian labor force (16 or older) 70.0% 70.4% 63.6%
Occupations of civilian labor force:
Managerial, professional, related 53.8% 52.7% 36.3%
Sales and office 19.5% 19.0% 24.2%
Service 18.9% 16.1% 18.4%
Construction, maintenance, repair 1.9% 4.3% 8.9%
Production, transportation, related 5.8% 7.8% 12.2%
Farming, fishing, forestry **** **** 1%
Mean travel time to work 19.8 minutes 23.3 minutes 25.8 minutes
Drive alone to work 50.0% 62.8% 76.4%
Work in city of residence 73%* 43%* 31%*
Work in county of residence 82.6%** 77.3%** 72.4%**
Median income – household $57,428 $71,604 $52,250
Median income – family $107,181 $92,363 $64,030
Per capita income $38,840 $38,538 $28,184
Total housing units 43,479*** 127,071*** 131,704,730***
Single family homes 44.3% 62.7% 61.5%
Built 2000 or later 9.4% 15.2% 16.4%
Owner-occupied housing 47.6% 63.3% 63.5%
Renter-occupied housing 53.2% 36.7% 36.5%
Vacant housing units 4.0% 4.4% 12.4%
Median value – owner occupied $500,700 $349,100 $173,900
Median gross rent $1213 $1168 $905
Sources: US Census Bureau, 2013 American Community Survey; * 2009 , ** 2011, *** 2010, **** Less than 0.5%