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 - September 2013 (.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 101,808 305,318 313,914,040
Number of Households 41,382 121,743 115,969,540
Average Household Size 2.26 2.43 2.64
Average Family Size 2.79 2.97 3.25
% Family Households 43.5% 59.8% 66.0%
% Households w/children <18 20.5% 28.0% 29.0%
Median age 27.7years 35.7 years 37.4 years
Population 18 or older 85.1% 79.6% 76.5%
Population 65 or older 9.3% 11.0% 13.7%
Education (residents 25 or older):
High school graduate + 97.2% 94.6% 86.4%
Bachelor’s degree + 71.6% 57.9% 29.1%
Advanced degree 36.7% 26.9% 10.9%
Population in civilian labor force (16 or older) 68.0% 70.3% 63.8%
Occupations of civilian labor force:
Managerial, professional, related 58.0% 54.3% 36.1%
Sales and office 18.0% 18.9% 24.5%
Service 17.0% 14.6% 18.3%
Construction, maintenance, repair 3.1% 6.1% 9.0%
Production, transportation, related 3.0% 6.2% 12.2%
Farming, fishing, forestry *** *** 1%
Mean travel time to work 19.8 minutes 22.4 minutes 25.7 minutes
Drive alone to work 50.2% 65.4% 76.3%
Work in city of residence 73%* 43%* 31%*
Work in county of residence 82.6%** 77.3%** 72.4%**
Median income – household $56,274 $66,989 $51,371
Median income – family $102,907 $94,476 $62,527
Per capita income $35,140 $37,614 $27,319
Total housing units 43,479 127,071 131,704,730
Single family homes 42.0% 61.6% 61.6%
Built 2000 or later 12.2% 14.3% 15.8%
Owner-occupied housing 46.8.1% 61.3% 63.9%
Renter-occupied housing 53.2% 38.7% 36.1%
Vacant housing units 1.5% 3.5% 8.8%
Median value – owner occupied $477,200 $364,100 $171,900
Average monthly rent $1189 $1108 $884
Sources: US Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey; * 2009 , ** 2011, *** Less than 0.5%