Boulder, CO

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
328,658
0.0167% 1-year decline
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
37
0.538% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
11.3%
2.63% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$99,770
7.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$671,100
16.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
178,057
0.0438% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Boulder, CO had a population of 329k people with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $99,770. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Boulder, CO declined from 328,713 to 328,658, a −0.0167% decrease and its median household income grew from $92,466 to $99,770, a 7.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Boulder, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (76.2%), White (Hispanic) (6.58%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.56%), Two+ (Hispanic) (4.52%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.92%).

None of the households in Boulder, CO reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95% of the residents in Boulder, CO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boulder, CO are University of Colorado Boulder (9,646 degrees awarded in 2022), Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (3,638 degrees), and Naropa University (234 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Boulder, CO was $671,100, and the homeownership rate was 62.3%.

Most people in Boulder, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Boulder, CO was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Boulder, CO is home to a population of 329k people, from which 95% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.7% of Boulder, CO residents were born outside of the country (31.9k people).

In 2022, there were 11.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (251k people) in Boulder, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21.6k White (Hispanic) and 15k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95%
2022 Citizenship
94.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95% of Boulder, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Boulder, CO was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Boulder, CO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    251k ± 740
  2. White (Hispanic)
    21.6k ± 1.73k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    15k ± 526
13.9%
Hispanic Population
45.7k people

In 2022, there were 11.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (251k people) in Boulder, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21.6k White (Hispanic) and 15k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.9% of the people in Boulder, CO are hispanic (45.7k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Boulder, CO as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    206,571 ± 10,957 people
  2. India
    22,427 ± 3,670 people
  3. China
    17,909 ± 3,280 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 206,571 Colorado residents, followed by India with 22,427 and China with 17,909.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.7%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
31.9k people
9.9%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
32.5k people

As of 2022, 9.7% of Boulder, CO residents (31.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Boulder, CO was 9.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,505 ± 525
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,686 ± 428
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,388 ± 296

Boulder, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.68 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Boulder, CO employs 178k people. The largest industries in Boulder, CO are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (29,284 people), Educational Services (24,443 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (18,576 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($202,969), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($99,037), and Utilities ($92,127).

Males in Colorado have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $67,859. The income inequality in Colorado (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

178k
2022 Value
± 3,309
0.0438%
1 Year growth
± 2.64%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Boulder, CO grew at a rate of 0.0438%, from 178k employees to 178k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boulder, CO, are Management Occupations (23,653 people), Sales & Related Occupations (16,538 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (15,113 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Boulder, CO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

178k
2022 Value
± 3,309
0.0438%
1 Year growth
± 2.64%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Boulder, CO grew at a rate of 0.0438%, from 178k employees to 178k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boulder, CO, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (29,284 people), Educational Services (24,443 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (18,576 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Boulder, CO, though some of these residents may live in Boulder, CO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$64,898
Median earning men ± $2,033
$40,657
Median earning women ± $1,157

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($118,233), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($99,032), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($98,172).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($71,341), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($71,002), and Wholesale Trade ($70,680).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
1.73%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.87M people employed in Colorado. This represents a 1.73% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Colorado.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 6,538
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 4,304
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 2,665
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Colorado went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 55% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.6%).

Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper are the senators currently representing the state of Colorado. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Colorado is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Colorado

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Michael Bennet
Senator from Colorado3
Assumed office on January 21, 2009
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Ken Salazar, who had become Secretary of the Interior.
John Hickenlooper
Senator from Colorado2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper are the senators currently representing Colorado.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Colorado over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Colorado

Colorado is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Colorado have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Boulder, CO awarded 13,580 degrees. The student population of Boulder, CO in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 24,507 male students and 25,128 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boulder, CO are White (7,880 and 61.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,539 and 12%), Black or African American (1,203 and 9.35%), and Unknown (769 and 5.97%).

The largest universities in Boulder, CO by number of degrees awarded are University of Colorado Boulder (9,646 and 71%), Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (3,638 and 26.8%), and Naropa University (234 and 1.72%).

The most popular majors in Boulder, CO are Culinary Arts & Chef Training (2,422 and 17.8%), General Business Administration & Management (1,251 and 9.21%), and Baking & Pastry Arts (1,200 and 8.84%).

The median tuition costs in Boulder, CO are $34,400 for private four year colleges, and $11,004 and $37,376 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Boulder, CO, the percentage of applicants admitted was 80.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 16.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 49,635 (49.4% men and 50.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 49,635 students enrolled in Boulder, CO, 49.4% men and 50.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 29,050 records, of which 48.8% were women and 51.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 584 degrees awarded
  2. 473 degrees awarded
  3. 1,087 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Boulder, CO was General Psychology with 584 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Boulder, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,646 degrees awarded
  2. 3,638 degrees awarded
  3. 234 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Colorado Boulder with 9,646 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 6,266 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boulder, CO, which is 0.857 times less than the 7,314 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 7,880 degrees mean that there were 5.12 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,539 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($34,400) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,586) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,256) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.886% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.84% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Bachelors Degree (1.16M), Some college (997k), and High School or Equivalent (997k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boulder, CO was $671,100 in 2022, which is 2.38 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $575,700 to $671,100, a 16.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Boulder, CO is 62.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Boulder, CO have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Boulder, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Boulder, CO is $99,770. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Boulder, CO was Douglas County, CO with a value of $139,010, followed by Elbert County, CO and Broomfield County, CO, with respective values of $124,360 and $117,541.

Property

$671,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,750
$83,066
Median Property Taxes
±$1,948

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Boulder, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Boulder, CO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

62.3%
Homeownership
2022
69.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 62.3% of the housing units in Boulder, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boulder, CO was Douglas County, CO with a value of $139,010, followed by Elbert County, CO and Broomfield County, CO, with respective values of $124,360 and $117,541.

The following map shows all of the counties in Boulder, CO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$99,770
Median Household Income
± $2,277
133k
Number of Households
± 2,767

In 2022, the median household income of the 133k households in Boulder, CO grew to $99,770 from the previous year's value of $92,466.

The following chart displays the households in Boulder, CO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Boulder, CO is from Colorado.
0.464
2022 Wage GINI in Colorado
0.465
2021 Wage GINI in Colorado

In 2022, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.265% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Colorado in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Colorado across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (57.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (24.4%)
  3. Carpooled (5.98%)

In 2022, 57.6% of workers in Boulder, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (24.4%) and those who carpooled to work (5.98%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boulder, CO have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.58% of the workforce in Boulder, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Boulder, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Boulder, CO have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boulder, CO (35.7k out of 316k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Boulder, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

95.6% of the population of Boulder, CO has health coverage, with 57.1% on employee plans, 9.6% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 16.6% on non-group plans, and 0.805% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Colorado see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.743% decrease from the previous year (1211 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1208 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 250 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,202 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Colorado

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.743% decrease from the previous year (1,211 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Colorado in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.8% under 18 years, 26.7% between 18 and 34 years, 37.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 15% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.7% were men and 50.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.42%
Uninsured
57.1%
Employer Coverage
9.6%
Medicaid
11.4%
Medicare
16.6%
Non-Group
0.805%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boulder, CO declined by 4.45% from 4.62% to 4.42%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Boulder, CO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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