Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Boulder, CO is one of Colorado’s most striking destinations. A mere 25 miles from the capitol of Denver, the nearly 100,000 residents of Boulder, CO is not only the home of the University of Colorado, it also enjoys high rankings in quality of life, education, the arts and the overall well being of the community.
Boulder, CO has had a remarkable history from the Wild West days during the formation of the city in 1858 through the establishment of the University of Colorado in 1877. The city became a Mecca for culture with the Feeny Opera House opening in 1891 and the Philharmonic shortly afterwards. As the University of Colorado expanded, so did the population of Boulder under the shadows of The Flatirons, the name for the particular mountains that border the city.
The city of Boulder, CO features well renowned schools, beautiful neighborhoods, plenty of employment opportunities and varied neighborhoods that run the gamut from the modern back to the historic homes established in the 19th century.
The population in Boulder is generally younger than the national average, which should not be surprising given the presence of the University of Colorado. But the overall environment is youthful and forward looking. The neighborhoods are generally quiet, well kept and the city has a relatively low crime rate as well.
The emphasis on public transportation has made Boulder one of the most accessible cities in the US without having to drive a vehicle. As for shopping, the famed Pearl Street mall is one of the most famous in Colorado. Featuring numerous shops, restaurants and specialty stores, the Pearl Street Mall is certainly one of the highlights to this remarkable city.
Boulder, CO is surrounded by many thousands of acres of open space, nature preserves and conservation land with nearly 60% of it open to the public. That means the residents and visitors can explore the mountains and surrounding countryside along the many hiking trails in Chautauqua Park for example which is along the southwestern border of the city or the many other public parks and areas that are open to all.
Needless to say, outdoor activities are the primary source of attractions in Boulder all year round. From skiing to hiking to simply enjoying the great outdoors, Boulder is the place for those who love these types of activities.
Boulder is also the home to popular film festivals which draw in thousands of tourists and residents as well. The music scene in Boulder is quite varied and popular with many different clubs and settings that attract groups ranging from classical to rock to jazz to country and more. The Colorado Chautauqua, which was established in 1898, is a cultural treasure presenting many different lectures, film, education classes and more.
Overall, Boulder, CO is certainly one of the most pleasant places to live in the Western US. A youthful feel about the city along with plenty of activities, job opportunities and attractions make Boulder the place to live in Colorado.
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