Boulder real estate is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just 35 miles northwest of Denver. It is home to the University of Colorado's main campus and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. A greenbelt of trails and open spaces surround the city. Outdoor recreation, natural products and restaurants and alternative transportation give the city its character. It is also known for it natural beauty, diverse businesses and technological and academic resources.
The Boulder Valley was first the home of the Southern Arapaho Indian tribe which maintained a village near Haystack Mountain. Utes, Cheyennes, Comanches, and Sioux were occasional visitors to the area.
In 1858, gold miners established a settlement in Boulder County. Boulder City grew as a supply base for miners going to the mountains in search of silver and gold. Economic stability was a necessity and residents encouraged the establishment of railroad service, hospital and school buildings, and a stable town government. The first Post Office was established in 1860; the telegraph became available in 1874; a hospital was built in 1873; a water system was installed in 1874; and the first bank was built in 1874.
In 1860, Boulder's first schoolhouse was built and was the first in the territory. That year, a group of Boulder residents began lobbying to have the University of Colorado located in Boulder. By 1874 Boulder had won the designation, secured a donated 44.9 acre site and raised $15,000 to match a similar grant by the state legislature. Construction of Old Main signaled the opening of the University, with classrooms, auditorium, office and the President's living quarters all located there.
In 1871, the town of Boulder was incorporated. By 1880 Boulder's population had passed 3,000. The population grew steadily with a surge after World War II. By 1950, the population of the Boulder real estate area had reached 20,000.
Farmers markets, the Bolder Boulder footrace, the Shakespeare Festival and the Boulder International Film Festival make up some of the art and cultural festivities.
42% of residents have either a bachelor's or graduate degree
Average Price of a Single Family Boulder home (2002) $477,046
Median income (2002) is $87,900