Boulder, CO

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
324,682
0.673% 1-year growth
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
36.9
0.82% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
11.2%
4.64% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$87,476
5.37% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$539,100
8.41% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
175,556
0.167% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Boulder, CO had a population of 325k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $87,476. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Boulder, CO grew from 322,510 to 324,682, a 0.673% increase and its median household income grew from $83,019 to $87,476, a 5.37% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Boulder, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.8%), White (Hispanic) (10.9%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.65%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.41%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.89%).

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.

94.5% of the residents in Boulder, CO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boulder, CO are University of Colorado Boulder (9,622 degrees awarded in 2020), Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (1,230 degrees), and Naropa University (297 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Boulder, CO was $539,100, and the homeownership rate was 63.6%.

Most people in Boulder, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Boulder, CO was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Boulder, CO is home to a population of 325k people, from which 94.5% are citizens. As of 2020, 10.1% of Boulder, CO residents were born outside of the country (32.9k people).

In 2018, there were 7.15 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (250k people) in Boulder, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34.9k White (Hispanic) and 14.9k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.5%
2020 Citizenship
93.9%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.5% of Boulder, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Boulder, CO was 93.9%, 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)
    250k ± 172
  2. White (Hispanic)
    34.9k ± 1.23k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    14.9k ± 463
13.8%
Hispanic Population
44.3k people

In 2018, there were 7.15 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (250k people) in Boulder, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34.9k White (Hispanic) and 14.9k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.8% of the people in Boulder, CO are hispanic (44.3k 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
    216,688 ± 11,209 people
  2. India
    20,857 ± 3,539 people
  3. China
    19,477 ± 3,421 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 216,688 Colorado residents, followed by India with 20,857 and China with 19,477.

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Foreign-Born Population

10.1%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
32.9k people
10.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
34.4k people

As of 2020, 10.1% of Boulder, CO residents (32.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Boulder, CO was 10.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,837 ± 494
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,628 ± 374
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,631 ± 332

Boulder, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.84 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Boulder, CO employs 176k people. The largest industries in Boulder, CO are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (28,693 people), Educational Services (23,522 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (19,557 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($178,194), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($82,791), and Utilities ($79,819).

Males in Colorado have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,644. The income inequality in Colorado (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

176k
2020 Value
± 3,265
−0.167%
1 Year decline
± 2.49%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Boulder, CO declined at a rate of −0.167%, from 176k employees to 176k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boulder, CO, are Management Occupations (22,578 people), Sales & Related Occupations (15,637 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (15,558 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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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Colorado (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

176k
2020 Value
± 3,265
−0.167%
1 Year decline
± 2.49%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Boulder, CO declined at a rate of −0.167%, from 176k employees to 176k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boulder, CO, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (28,693 people), Educational Services (23,522 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (19,557 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

$54,245
Median earning men ± $1,442
$36,101
Median earning women ± $946

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($91,945), Information ($85,603), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($83,317).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Manufacturing ($60,077), Public Administration ($55,554), and Wholesale Trade ($53,681).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Colorado. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $4.27M
    Manufacturing
  2. $3.2M
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. $3.07M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $23.8B
  2. $20.7B
  3. $16.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $23.8B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($20.7B) and Machinery ($16.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Colorado products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$221B
2020 Value in Colorado
$434B
Projected 2050 Value in Colorado
96.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $221B. This is expected to increase 96.6% to $434B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Colorado trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $10.3B
  2. $10.2B
  3. $9.13B

In 2020, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $10.3B, followed by Texas with $10.2B and Wyoming and $9.13B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Colorado shares with each state (excluding itself).

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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 7 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 7 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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In 2020, universities in Boulder, CO awarded 11,271 degrees. The student population of Boulder, CO in 2020 is skewed towards men, with 23,164 male students and 22,878 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boulder, CO are White (7,315 and 71%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,229 and 11.9%), Two or More Races (552 and 5.36%), and Asian (532 and 5.16%).

The largest universities in Boulder, CO by number of degrees awarded are University of Colorado Boulder (9,622 and 85.4%), Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (1,230 and 10.9%), and Naropa University (297 and 2.64%).

The most popular majors in Boulder, CO are General Business Administration & Management (1,258 and 11.2%), Culinary Arts & Chef Training (811 and 7.2%), and Computer Science (556 and 4.93%).

The median tuition costs in Boulder, CO are $34,400 for private four year colleges, and $10,728 and $34,930 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Boulder, CO, the percentage of applicants admitted was 84.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 46,042 (50.3% men and 49.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 46,042 students enrolled in Boulder, CO, 50.3% men and 49.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 28,462 records, of which 48.7% were women and 51.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,080 degree-majors awarded
  2. 523 degree-majors awarded
  3. 446 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Boulder, CO was General Business Administration & Management with 1,080 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. 9,622 degrees awarded
  2. 1,230 degrees awarded
  3. 297 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Colorado Boulder with 9,622 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 5,672 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boulder, CO, which is 1.01 times more than the 5,599 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 7,315 degrees mean that there were 5.95 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,229 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

The graph shows the evolution of awarded degrees by degrees. Under the paragraphs, the average number of awarded degrees by university in each degree is shown.

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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 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,738) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

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

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.768% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.751% 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 2020 were Bachelors Degree (1.08M), Some college (1.01M), and High School or Equivalent (1M).

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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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Boulder, CO was $539,100 in 2020, which is 2.35 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $497,300 to $539,100, a 8.41% increase. The homeownership rate in Boulder, CO is 63.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Boulder, CO have an average commute time of 23.5 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 $87,476. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Boulder, CO was Douglas County, CO with a value of $121,393, followed by Elbert County, CO and Broomfield County, CO, with respective values of $104,231 and $101,206.

Property

$539,100
Median Property Value 2020
±$10,920
$81,061
Median Property Taxes
±$1,890

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

63.6%
Homeownership
2020
69.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 63.6% of the housing units in Boulder, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.2%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Boulder, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boulder, CO was Douglas County, CO with a value of $121,393, followed by Elbert County, CO and Broomfield County, CO, with respective values of $104,231 and $101,206.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$87,476
Median Household Income
± $2,160
127k
Number of Households
± 2,648

In 2020, the median household income of the 127k households in Boulder, CO grew to $87,476 from the previous year's value of $83,019.

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.
0.467
2020 Wage GINI in Colorado
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Colorado

In 2020, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.264% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (62.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (16.1%)
  3. Carpooled (7.01%)

In 2020, 62.7% of workers in Boulder, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (16.1%) and those who carpooled to work (7.01%).

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

23.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boulder, CO have a shorter commute time (23.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.38% 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

11.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boulder, CO (34.9k out of 313k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. 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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95.5% of the population of Boulder, CO has health coverage, with 56.9% on employee plans, 9.41% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 17.4% on non-group plans, and 0.845% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Colorado was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Colorado see 1211 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.656% decrease from the previous year (1219 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1220 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 269 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Colorado, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,211 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Colorado

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,211 patients per year. This represents a 0.656% decrease from the previous year (1,219 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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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Colorado across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.2% under 18 years, 26.5% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

4.47%
Uninsured
56.9%
Employer Coverage
9.41%
Medicaid
11%
Medicare
17.4%
Non-Group
0.845%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boulder, CO declined by 3.73% from 4.65% to 4.47%.

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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