Boulder, a mid-size city in Colorado, has a population of approximately 105,000. Young adults (15-24) should fit right in, as they account for an above-average 32% of the community, while middle-aged professionals appear in smaller numbers. With an average age of just over 35, the city's residents are younger than most cities in Colorado. In terms of housing, residents are fairly evenly split between renting (52%) and owning (48%) their residence despite an average rent of $1,468 per month, substantially higher than the state average of $1,191.
Boulder has a high number of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 19% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. In addition, 20% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. Many Boulder residents work in one of four industries: education, scientific, entertainment, and retail. Together, these industries account for 34% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many workers in these industries are in management, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any profession. With an average annual income of nearly $85,000, Boulder workers bring in about $5,000 more than the average Colorado resident. Boulder's average income also compares favorably to the national average of $73,345.
With an average commute time of about 21 minutes, shorter than most cities in Colorado, Boulder residents know that it isn't overly time-consuming to travel to work. Driving a vehicle is the typical mode of getting to work, selected by 31% of workers, while public transportation isn't extensively used. Not many residents (6%) walk to work, though the number easily exceeds the national average.