Boulder County Real Estate Information
The sixth most populated of the state's 64 counties, Boulder County, Colorado, is located in the north-central region of the state. The county's seat is the city of Boulder, both of which were named after Boulder Creek, which derived its name originally because of the large number of boulders in the mountainous region. Boulder County was one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of Colorado, created in 1861. The county has a population of around 290,000, as of 2006 estimates. The majority of those residents are in Boulder and Longmont, with 100,000 and 85,000, respectively. The city of Lafayette has another 26,000 and Louisville nearly 20,000. Other incorporated cities in the county include Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, Superior and Ward. There are also a number of small, unincorporated towns.
The county lies northwest of Denver, and its western border is the Continental Divide, 741 square miles on the Rocky Mountain's eastern slopes. Its eastern half consists of more plains, while its western side is more rugged and mountainous. Rocky Mountain National Park passes through Boulder County, as well as through three others, and its highest peak is located here, called Longs Peak, at 14,255 feet. El Dorado Canyon State Park is found within Boulder County as well.
The county is the site of one of the United States' highest concentrations of research laboratories and high-tech business, with companies like Sun Microsystems, IBM, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., and facilities such as the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, to name just a few. The University of Colorado at Boulder is the county's largest college, as well as the largest university in all of Colorado. The smaller Naropa University is found here as well. Public grade schools are operated and organized into two school districts in the county, and independently, there are more than two dozen private schools.
The County Fairgrounds are found in Longmont, and are home to the annual Boulder County Fair & Livestock Show. The Boulder County Arts Alliance assists the arts community, offering grants and other assistance to local artists and musicians. Annual events include such occasions as the Boulder International Film Festival, the six-week-long Colorado Music Festival, and the the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.