Boulder, Colorado (CO)
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General Information about Boulder
The City of Boulder is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and most populous city of Boulder County, Colorado, United States. Boulder is the 11th most populous city in the State of Colorado. The United States Census Bureau estimates that in 2005 the population of the City of Boulder was 91,685, the population of the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area was 280,440 (161st most populous MSA), the population of the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area was 2,869,377 (15th most populous CSA), and the population of the Front Range Urban Corridor was 3,965,289. Boulder is the home of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the largest university in Colorado and Naropa University, the only accredited Buddhist-inspired university in the United States. Boulder is situated 25miles (40km) northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver at an elevation of 5,430feet (1,655m).
Stats about Boulder
|Cost of Living|
|Median Household Income:||$44,748|
|Median Home Value:||$304,700|
|State sales tax:||2.9%|
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DR01 (currently lives here; has lived here for Over 10 years):
"City of Contrasts"
Even if you have never been to Boulder, you probably have an impression of the place. A place of natural beauty located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. A place of old and new age hippies, Buddhists, Sufi poets and Hari Krishna’s to name a few. A place of crazed frat kids partying by burning sofas in the street. The place of the super athlete training tirelessly in the high altitude. The amusing Pearl Street experience of street performers, magicians, musicians, and odd sorts of many varieties. All living in peace and harmony as crime statistics are quite low in Boulder.
In 1960s and 1970s, the hippies migrated, and Boulder became “The People’s Republic of Boulder” to the folks in the rest of the State. Liberal politically, ecologically fanatical, make peace not war protestors, a melting pot of eastern religions and philosophy, artsy, Gore style academics, and home of the “save the world” new age crowd. In 1980s and 1990s, with the ascendancy of the University of Colorado as one of the nation’s great party schools, and more recently, as the place where the price of a square foot of real estate rivals Manhattan or San Francisco, Boulder has remained a City of contrasts. There are too many clichés about Boulder to repeat here. But it is safe to say that most of them are true. Add in the regular folks who live here for the lifestyle and you’ve got quite an interesting place and a fun place to spend a few days or more.
There is a misimpression that Boulder is out of the way. Hardly. Boulder is an easy thirty minute or less highway-drive from downtown Denver. North and west of Denver, Boulder is a small town. Don’t kid yourself. There’s little city in the City of Boulder, and except for the mountains, there is nothing big about it either. But that is not to say that Boulder lacks for urban charms. It is, after all, a resort town. And, its increasing level of sophistication, hippies, new agers and frat boys notwithstanding, can lead to a surprising and enjoyable experience.
I know that some visitors to Boulder come for a month or longer to really absorb the magic of the place. One friend traded his mid-town Manhattan high-rise apartment for a basement apartment in Boulder for the month of June. He bought a bicycle and spent the next six weeks pedaling the streets of Boulder, meditating in the seclusion of an expanse of wilderness a short walk away, and learning what is the serious Zen meditation and yoga practices, not the mere fad versions of the new age crowd.
But if, like most of us, you have only a day or two to enjoy Boulder, then promise yourself to sweat for your dinner. Get outdoors, take in the fresh air, and work a little to explore the area and then reward yourself with a night out in a great little town. Like San Francisco, you will probably encounter a little of everything from 5 star dining choices to mixing it up in the cheap beer pool shooting hangouts. Like music, there’s plenty to choose from and a lot of it is quite good. A couple of my favorite venues are Trilogy on Friday nights and Fox and Boulder Theaters for some of the better national acts.
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