Living in Boulder County

Overview

Boulder County is known for its magnificent outdoor landscapes, vibrant business scene, and renowned academic & research institutions.  Over 300,000 Coloradoans call this special region home.  Each city within Boulder County offers unique small-town attributes while at the same time benefitting from the proximity to Denver and the Denver International Airport.   

Our region is consistently recognized as an ideal environment for outdoor/active living, health, small-town living, and business start-ups.  It’s no wonder that approximately 500,000 people relocate into Colorado annually.

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Would you like to learn more about individual cities within Boulder County?  Click on the individual city names below to learn more and to view listings in those cities.

Popular areas to live in Boulder County

Boulder  

Gunbarrel  

Eldorado Springs  

Niwot  

Louisville  

Lafayette  

Superior  

Longmont  

Erie

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Included below are homes for sale in Boulder County.  For listings in a specific city, please see above.  If you would like more information on any of these Boulder County real estate listings, just click the "Request More Information" button when viewing the details of that property. We can provide you with disclosures, past sales history, dates and prices of homes recently sold nearby, and more.

Boulder County (All property types) January 21, 2020
896
Listed
82
Avg. DOM
$390.16
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$658,054
Med. List Price
896 Properties
Page 1 of 75
$469,000
Subdivision: Prairie Village
4
Beds
1F23/4
Baths
2,956
Sq.Ft.
2011
Year Built
1
Days on Site
902252
MLS
Move in ready 4 bedroom, 3 bath ranch home w/ a fully-finished basement w/ second kitchen. Main level offers living room & kitchen w/vaulted ceilings & gas fireplace, Master bedroom w/ Master bath...
$260,000
Subdivision: Riverbend At Mill Village
2
Beds
1F13/411/2
Baths
1,873
Sq.Ft.
2000
Year Built
1
Days on Site
902253
MLS
Move-in ready 2-story condo w/basement, 2-bed 3 bath, 1-car garage, corner unit. Living room has a gas fireplace, cathedral ceiling and sliding glass doors to the patio; upstairs laundry, large...
$866,900
Subdivision: Somerset Meadows
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
6,490
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
1
Days on Site
902259
MLS
Anticipated completion October 2020! This stunning new Waite ranch model sits on a spacious lot and features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, study, formal dining room, mud room, great room, kitchen,...
$449,900
Subdivision: Rider Ridge Farms
5
Beds
2F13/4
Baths
3,590
Sq.Ft.
1996
Year Built
1
Days on Site
902267
MLS
Charming 5-bedroom home overlooking the neighborhood park with magnificent mountain views. Enjoy relaxing on your large front porch looking out onto lush greenery and Long's Peak! The spacious open...
Open 1/26
805 Summer Hawk Dr Longmont, CO 80504
$325,000
Subdivision: Fox Meadow Flg
3
Beds
2F13/411/2
Baths
1,870
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
1
Days on Site
902268
MLS
Step inside this beautiful 3 bed/4 bath townhouse conveniently located off of 9th & County Line Rd in Longmont! New flooring throughout the house, fresh paint, newly remodeled basement that offers...
$609,900
Subdivision: Coal Creek Village
3
Beds
1F13/411/2
Baths
1,950
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
1
Days on Site
8842927
MLS
Rare Like New Coal Creek Village Two Story! Impeccable Condition! Tasteful Decor, Updates Throughout! Huge Corner Lot! Great Room Concept! Basement Ready for Your Finish! Perfect Family...
$2,100,000
Subdivision: Sunshine Canyon Area
5
Beds
43/411/2
Baths
3,009
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
1
Days on Site
902272
MLS
Stunning mountain contemporary home on two-acres minutes from downtown Boulder. Surrounded by open space on 3 sides, this newly remodeled house provides the best of both worlds. Revel in the...
$2,100,000
Subdivision: Sunshine Canyon Area
5
Beds
43/411/2
Baths
3,009
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
1
Days on Site
5515377
MLS
Stunning mountain contemporary home on two-acres minutes from downtown Boulder. Surrounded by open space on 3 sides, this newly remodeled house provides the best of both worlds. Revel in the...
$165,000
Subdivision: Arapahoe West
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
851
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
1
Days on Site
9945684
MLS
Quiet, tree-lined condo nestled into the heart of Boulder; just steps from Eben G Fine Park, trails, and Pearl Street mall. This gorgeous, sun-filled unit was completely renovated in 2017. The new...
$165,000
Subdivision: Arapahoe West
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
851
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
1
Days on Site
902279
MLS
Quiet, tree-lined condo nestled into the heart of Boulder; just steps from Eben G Fine Park, trails, and Pearl Street mall. This gorgeous, sun-filled unit was completely renovated in 2017. The new...
$407,000
Subdivision: Lafayette East
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,252
Sq.Ft.
1900
Year Built
1
Days on Site
9247587
MLS
Updated home on quiet street offers a warm and peaceful ambiance. Immediately upon entering, your eyes will be drawn to the wood flooring that extends throughout and the neutral paint tones. Brand...
$407,000
Subdivision: Lafayette East
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,964
Sq.Ft.
1900
Year Built
1
Days on Site
902284
MLS
Updated home on quiet street offers a warm and peaceful ambiance. Immediately upon entering, your eyes will be drawn to the wood flooring that extends throughout and the neutral paint tones. Brand...

Learn More About Living in Boulder County


History

Boulder County was one of the original 17 counties established in 1861 in the area known as the Territory of Colorado.  The county acquired its name as a result of the burdensome amount of boulders in the creek which made gold prospecting operations in the area difficult.   Captain Thomas Aikins led the first group of gold prospectors and settlers into the area in 1858.  They encountered Chief Niwot, leader of the Southern Arapaho people who hunted and lived in the area.  Despite the prospecting party's attempt to warm the Chief up to their presence in the valley with gifts of food and goods,  Niwot ordered them out of the area.  Aikins did not comply and the city of Boulder was established in 1859 as well as Gold Hill, which was the first town in which gold was discovered in Colorado.  Interactions between the native and the prospectors oscillated between tolerant and hostile as it became clear that Chief Niwot's vision, which is known as Niwot's Curse or the Curse of the Boulder Valley, was now a reality..."People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and they staying will be the undoing of the beauty."  


Layout

Boulder County is 740 square miles in area and is bordered on the west by the Rocky Mountains.  It contains the cities of Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Louisville as well as the towns of Erie, Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, and Ward.  Some of the more popular census-designated places within the County include Eldorado Springs, Gunbarrel, Niwot, and Hygiene. 

Boulder County is known for its beautiful landscape and access to amazing outdoor activities.  There are five national protected areas within the region: Arapaho National Forest, Roosevelt National Forest, Indian Peaks Wilderness, James Peak Wilderness, and a portion of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Eldorado Canyon State Park is a remarkable area located south of the city of Boulder and is protected by the state.


Commute Time

Commute times within Boulder County vary.  See our list of individual city/town pages for drive times to Denver, the Denver International Airport, and the ski mountains. 
 

Get Familiar with Boulder County

Enjoy a meal and show along the pedestrian portion of Pearl St. in Boulder

Visit a Farmer's Market in Boulder (Wednesdays and Saturdays), Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont

Enjoy the historic downtown districts of Niwot, Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont, Erie, Lyons

Take hike along the foothills – Visit one or all of Boulder’s infamous flatirons (the vertical rock outcrops rising out of the foothills above Boulder) or hike into the foothills along Boulder’s 151 miles of hiking trails.

Tour the National Labs

Take a tour of Celestial Seasonings Tea Company

Walk the Boulder Creek Path – this a paved path that runs east/west through Boulder.  It is accessible off of Canyon Road and a great way to see the town.

Enjoy brunch and a hike at Chautauqua – Established in 1898


Schools

There are two school districts within Boulder County; Boulder Valley (BVSD) and St. Vrain Valley (SVVSD). BVSD includes schools in Boulder, Louisville, Gunbarrel, Lafayette, and Superior.    SVVSD includes schools in Longmont, Niwot, and Erie.  Boulder’s many universities, including the University of Colorado, provide world-class academic training. Refer to the table below to view average school ranks by school level for each city within Boulder County according to GreatSchools. org.

Custom Home Search Near Highly-Rated Schools

Would you like to narrow your search to homes near highly-rated* Boulder-area schools?  Select from Elementary, Middle, or High Schools below.  

 Elementary Schools  

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*Based on GreatSchools.org ratings



Industries

Boulder County proudly represents a $25 billion economy composed of companies from the technology, pharmaceutical & bioscience, solar & cleantech, aerospace, natural products, and outdoor recreation sectors.  The economic health of the region is impressive and growing due to the culture of innovation and success that existing resident companies have fostered.   The Boulder region is second only to San Francisco in the rate of venture capital investment per resident.  See below for a sampling of major companies in the area.  Lists reference the Boulder Economic Council.

    Technology    
Bioscience & Pharmaceutical
  Outdoor Recreation    
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Amadeus Consulting
  • Apple
  • Backflip Studios
  • Cisco
  • Google Boulder
  • Gorilla Logic
  • IBM
  • Lexmark
  • Lijit Networks
  • LogRhythm
  • Markit
  • Nest
  • Oracle
  • Qualcomm
  • QuickLeft
  • Rally
  • Research Electro-Optics, Inc.
  • Ricoh
  • SendGrid
  • SolidFire
  • Spectra Logic
  • Sphero
  • Symplified
  • TeamSnap
  • TechStars
  • Twitter
  • Zayo Group
  • Array BioPharma
  • AstraZeneca
  • Clovis Oncology
  • Covidien/Medtronic
  • Corden Pharma Colorado
  • Hospira Boulder Inc.
  • Inscripta
  • KBI Biopharma
  • N30 Pharmaceuticals
  • MBio Diagnostics
  • InDevR
  • OPX Biotechnologies
  • Pisces Molecular
  • Somalogic
  • Endoshape
  • American Recreation Products
    (Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack)
  • Backcountry Access
  • Backpacker’s Pantry
  • Brunton Outdoor Group
  • 37.5/Cocona
  • Crescent Moon Snow Shoes
  • Eco Vessel
  • HEAD Winter Sports
  • La Sportiva
  • Newton Running
  • Polar Bottle
  • Salewa & Dynafit
  • Scarpa
  • Sea to Summit
  • Sherpani
  • Skirt Sports
  • Spyder Active Sports
  • Wallaroo Hat
  • Zeal Optics
Aerospace Solar & Cleantech Natural Products
  • Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation
  • NDP/Braxton
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Special Aerospace Services
  • Blue Canyon Technologies
  • Cool Energy
  • Genesis Biofuel Inc.
  • Gravity Renewables
  • juwi Solar
  • juwi Wind
  • Namasté Solar
  • OPX Biotechnologies
  • Siemens Power Generation
  • Tendril Networks
  • Navigant Consulting
  • Ancient Harvest
  • Aurora Organic Dairy
  • Bhakti Chai
  • Bobo’s Oat Bars
  • Boulder Brands
    (Earth Balance, Udi’s, EVOL Foods, Glutino)
  • Boulder Organic Foods
  • Boulder Ice Cream
  • Door to Door Organics
  • Hain Celestial
    (Celestial Seasonings, Rudi’s Organic Bakery)
  • Justin’s
  • New Hope Natural Media
  • Next Foods
  • Pangea Organics
  • Quinn Popcorn