Living in Boulder County

Overview

Boulder County is known for its magnificent outdoor landscapes, vibrant business scene, and renowned academic & research institutions.  Over 300,000 Coloradoans call this special region home.  Each city within Boulder County offers unique small-town attributes while at the same time benefitting from the proximity to Denver and the Denver International Airport.   

Our region is consistently recognized as an ideal environment for outdoor/active living, health, small-town living, and business start-ups.  It’s no wonder that approximately 500,000 people relocate into Colorado annually.

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Would you like to learn more about individual cities within Boulder County?  Click on the individual city names below to learn more and to view listings in those cities.

Popular areas to live in Boulder County

Boulder | Gunbarrel | Louisville | Lafayette | Superior | Longmont | Niwot | Erie | Broomfield

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Boulder County (All property types) October 29, 2020
957
Listed
70
Avg. DOM
$453.91
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$799,000
Med. List Price
957 Properties
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$1,399,000
Subdivision: Candlelight Estates
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,640
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
2
Days on Site
920284
MLS
Luxury community Candlelight Estates with a custom build by Custom Homes by Dana. Positioned in Boulder County and Boulder Valley School District with access to Denver, Boulder, Longmont, and...
$908,000
Subdivision: Lost Creek Farm
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
4,298
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
2
Days on Site
927549
MLS
Neighborhood is located just walking distance from the heart of Old Town Erie. The 4-bedroom + study of the Panorama provides you with a main level bedroom, an abundance of living space with gorgeous...
$495,000
Subdivision: Horizon West Condos Amd
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,357
Sq.Ft.
1971
Year Built
2
Days on Site
927545
MLS
High Rise Living Top Floor (11th floor) 2 bed condo in Boulder's tallest building. Check out the 3D tour link! Spectacular east facing views. Condo has bright light filled floor plan, with attached...
$380,000
Subdivision: Rosewood
3
Beds
1F13/4
Baths
1,687
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
2
Days on Site
927559
MLS
This brick ranch-style home is ready for new owners! Open floor plan featuring hardwood floors throughout much of it (some currently under carpet), newer roof (2018), newer sprinklers (2018), new...
$525,000
Subdivision: Dodd Estates
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,241
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
2
Days on Site
927556
MLS
Immerse yourself in a designer color palette, serene presentation and inviting textures...Prepare to be impressed with the remodel on this beautiful home! Step inside and soak in the newly finished...
$574,900
Subdivision: Meadowview
4
Beds
1F23/411/2
Baths
2,554
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3880503
MLS
Improved price! Beautifully maintained, move-in ready home in quiet, established neighborhood. Minutes to shopping, restaurants, schools, and the Diagonal to Boulder make this a must see. Retreat to...
$649,900
Subdivision: Parkwood
3
Beds
1F13/411/2
Baths
2,446
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
2
Days on Site
4407760
MLS
Tremendous opportunity in Louisville. This home is truly one of a kind. Thoughtfully updated open floor plan. Chefs kitchen features custom hickory cabinetry, granite counters, center island /...
$522,000
Subdivision: Longmont Estates Lakeshore
4
Beds
1F23/4
Baths
2,638
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
2
Days on Site
927561
MLS
Beautiful, well maintained home in a desirable lake front community. This home has 4 beds and 3 baths. You will enjoy hardwood floors freshly refinished, new carpet runners on stairs, granite...
$2,295,000
Subdivision: Valle Del Rio
3
Beds
2,104
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
2
Days on Site
927570
MLS
Rare Opportunity. 1-acre site with well. Build your dream home on this stunning creekside lot. Beautiful views of S. Boulder Creek and the Flatirons. Abuts Open Space. Included house plans by Studio...
$1,230,000
Subdivision: Washington Village Community South Duplex
2
Beds
2F13/411/2
Baths
2,546
Sq.Ft.
2013
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6848695
MLS
INCREDIBLE TOWNHOME STYLE CONDO JUST NORTH OF IDEAL MARKET, CLOSE TO NORTH BOULDER PARK AND 13 BLOCKS FROM MOUNT SANITAS. THIS 2 BEDROOM 4 BATH WITH STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES IS INCREDIBLY STYLISH...
$1,200,000
Subdivision: Northfield Commons
6
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
4,187
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
2
Days on Site
922253
MLS
Leave your car at home ! Located in popular Palo Park. One half block to Pleasant Fields, Boulder and Four Mile Creek Bike Ways. Enjoy quiet community living close to all Boulder Amenities. Real Oak...
$530,000
Subdivision: Fox Meadows Flg 3
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,057
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
2
Days on Site
2719473
MLS
Fox Meadows welcomes you to this amazing and desirable opportunity nestled on a highly sought after lot with mountain views & jaw dropping sunsets from the covered front patio! This pristine one...
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Learn More About Living in Boulder County


History

Boulder County was one of the original 17 counties established in 1861 in the area known as the Territory of Colorado.  The county acquired its name as a result of the burdensome amount of boulders in the creek which made gold prospecting operations in the area difficult.   Captain Thomas Aikins led the first group of gold prospectors and settlers into the area in 1858.  They encountered Chief Niwot, leader of the Southern Arapaho people who hunted and lived in the area.  Despite the prospecting party's attempt to warm the Chief up to their presence in the valley with gifts of food and goods,  Niwot ordered them out of the area.  Aikins did not comply and the city of Boulder was established in 1859 as well as Gold Hill, which was the first town in which gold was discovered in Colorado.  Interactions between the native and the prospectors oscillated between tolerant and hostile as it became clear that Chief Niwot's vision, which is known as Niwot's Curse or the Curse of the Boulder Valley, was now a reality..."People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and they staying will be the undoing of the beauty."  


Layout

Boulder County is 740 square miles in area and is bordered on the west by the Rocky Mountains.  It contains the cities of Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Louisville as well as the towns of Erie, Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, and Ward.  Some of the more popular census-designated places within the County include Eldorado Springs, Gunbarrel, Niwot, and Hygiene. 

Boulder County is known for its beautiful landscape and access to amazing outdoor activities.  There are five national protected areas within the region: Arapaho National Forest, Roosevelt National Forest, Indian Peaks Wilderness, James Peak Wilderness, and a portion of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Eldorado Canyon State Park is a remarkable area located south of the city of Boulder and is protected by the state.


Commute Time

Commute times within Boulder County vary.  See our list of individual city/town pages for drive times to Denver, the Denver International Airport, and the ski mountains. 
 

Get Familiar with Boulder County

Enjoy a meal and show along the pedestrian portion of Pearl St. in Boulder

Visit a Farmer's Market in Boulder (Wednesdays and Saturdays), Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont

Enjoy the historic downtown districts of Niwot, Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont, Erie, Lyons

Take hike along the foothills – Visit one or all of Boulder’s infamous flatirons (the vertical rock outcrops rising out of the foothills above Boulder) or hike into the foothills along Boulder’s 151 miles of hiking trails.

Tour the National Labs

Take a tour of Celestial Seasonings Tea Company

Walk the Boulder Creek Path – this a paved path that runs east/west through Boulder.  It is accessible off of Canyon Road and a great way to see the town.

Enjoy brunch and a hike at Chautauqua – Established in 1898


Schools

There are two school districts within Boulder County; Boulder Valley (BVSD) and St. Vrain Valley (SVVSD). BVSD includes schools in Boulder, Louisville, Gunbarrel, Lafayette, and Superior.    SVVSD includes schools in Longmont, Niwot, and Erie.  Boulder’s many universities, including the University of Colorado, provide world-class academic training. Refer to the table below to view average school ranks by school level for each city within Boulder County according to GreatSchools. org.

Custom Home Search Near Highly-Rated Schools

Would you like to narrow your search to homes near highly-rated* Boulder-area schools?  Select from Elementary, Middle, or High Schools below.  

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Industries

Boulder County proudly represents a $25 billion economy composed of companies from the technology, pharmaceutical & bioscience, solar & cleantech, aerospace, natural products, and outdoor recreation sectors.  The economic health of the region is impressive and growing due to the culture of innovation and success that existing resident companies have fostered.  The Boulder region is second only to San Francisco in the rate of venture capital investment per resident.  Click here to reference the key companies within the following industries: Aerospace, Bioscience, Cleantech, IT/Software, Natural Products, and Outdoor Recreation.