Boulder Real Estate Information
Located in central Colorado, about 30 miles northwest of Denver, the county seat of Boulder County and its most populous city is Boulder, Colorado. The city is has the 11th largest population in the state of Colorado, with more than 90,000 residents as of 2005 in the city, and over 280,000 in the metropolitan area. Boulder sits at an elevation of 5,430 feet at the spot where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. Weather here is generally quite temperate, as the mountains surrounding the city protect it from the majority of severe weather, and an average of over 300 sunny or mostly sunny days greet residents annually, with an average accumulation of 83 inches of snow.
As many cities in the state, Boulder is known for its generous amount of outdoor space and outdoor activity opportunity. More than 30,000 acres of recreational space and natural preserves surround the city, giving residents ample avenues to enjoy the sunny skies.
Boulder is home to the University of Colorado at Boulder, the state's largest university, and Naropa University, one of only two accredited Buddhist-inspired colleges in the country. Additional institutions include a culinary school, an acupuncture technical school and a massage therapy school. The Boulder Valley School District, which operates schools both in and around Boulder, consists of more than 30 elementary schools, more than 15 middle schools and more than 10 high schools, including three charter schools. There are also several private schools, both secular and religious, for alternative education options.
The largest employers in the city include the University of Colorado, Sun Microsystems, IBM, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., and Level 3 Communications, with more than 2,000 employees each. The city is a haven for science labs and research institutes, with about a dozen throughout town.
Annual events in Boulder include such occasions as the Boulder International Film Festival, presented by the Colorado Film Society, and the unique Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival, in which contestants must create a short film in 24 hours. The Bolder Boulder is a popular 10K race held each year on Memorial Day weekend, which attracts more than 50,000 runners. The college hosts events like the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Colorado MahlerFest, which celebrates Austrian composer Gustav Mahler. Summertime brings the six-week-long Colorado Music Festival, and Bands on the Bricks, where musicians perform downtown near the Pearl Street Mall. The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, more than 50 years old, holds performances throughout the year as well.
Public transportation here includes a bus system that runs more than 100 buses traveling between Boulder and Denver on weekdays. A commuter rail is planned to begin operating as soon as 2014.