What is the overall atmosphere of Boulder?The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of StreetAdvisor. Report
Holland Seydel PRO 2yrs+
Boulder is a vibrant atmosphere for entrepreneurial, intellectual types. People move here to live the good life of having clean air, clean water and an assortment of outdoor opportunities right out your doorstep. Over the years, streets buildings, etc have become very manicured. It is really easy living here.
Malia Maunakea PRO 2yrs+
Boulder seems to attract a lot of like minded individuals. Folks that choose to live in Boulder enjoy the convenience of being close to the mountains, with tons of outdoor options and trails. Because of this general appreciation of the outdoors, the atmosphere feels a bit more laid back and relaxed than Denver. Walking around in workout gear is not uncommon, biking to work or school or the grocery store is fairly typical. Alfalfa's in downtown Boulder just had to add 4 more bike racks out front, and has stated that it still isn't enough.
Cheryl Pribble PRO 2yrs+
Boulder is the city of diversity. But, I wouldn't say people are weird. Many value education, the arts, and individuality. On Pearl Street you will find many people with quaint talents and some exhibitionists. But, it is a very progressive city that has a lively, entertaining atmosphere with a reverence for the environment.
Evie Cohen PRO 2yrs+
to KristinB: One thing stands out about people in Boulder --- they are very healthy! Lots of athletes, and lots of alternative health practitioners, and lots of healthy food!
Tom Kahn PRO 2yrs+
Easy going, casual dress, freethinking, home of the start-up company with many oppurtunities. The history of multible universities help keep the vibe young and avant garde. Being in the shadows of the mountains get the outdoorsy thing going as well. Stay Awhile, Play Awhile use to be our motto
Nicole Hembling PRO 2yrs+
There is something for everyone in Boulder and it is absolutely impossible to ever be bored. I find that people are really active, friendly and outdoorsy. It is a very liberal town and people are open-minded, intellectual and accepting. Pretty ideal place really.
I agree with Heather, it is definitely a place to visit if nothing else. Located where it is lends to the beauty, but there are some interesting characters there. Overall though, it's a laid back atmosphere with great shops and a tons of stuff to do. There is some great hiking at Chatauqua park just south of the main CU campus. It's a really pretty place to be.
Boulder is busy but also relaxed. There are a lot of what many call "wierdos" in town and if you walk or even drive around you will see what I mean. But it is NOT boring, the overall atmosphere is lively, interesting and modern.