6.8 out of 10

Boulder County

Ranked 5th best county in Colorado
40.0540035326261 -105.325381915884
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • LGBT+


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Boulder County, arguably the best overall county in Colorado"

Boulder County off course includes Boulder, the town, at its heart right at the junction of where the mountain change to plains. The county is not one of Colorado's largest but it has a lot of diversity as far as landscapes and resources. Boulder County is one of the top school districts in the state if not the entire region. It also has one of the most expensive rental and real estate prices, especially in Boulder city limits.

The western boundary of the county is the continental divide up along the Indian Peaks. There are no roads that cross the continental divide, only hiking trails anymore. Then there is Nederland, Ward and the mountain towns...down the many canyons along the border of the foothills you find Boulder the city or tiny Eldorado Canyon the town.

Out away from the mountains to the east the county has some great little towns with amazing "old towns" such as Longmont, Louisville and Lafayette. The county as a whole is also famous for some crazy inventive and progressive legislature. The "green belt" environmental laws that were passed decades ago protects Boulder town from growing and becoming a constant suburb all the way east, this gives the town some of its real estate power. Do not underestimate the cost of land and property in Boulder county especially in the city and up in the foothills around Boulder. This is beautiful and unique country and people.
  • property value extremely high
  • mnt peaks to praire
  • jobs
  • property value extremely high
  • traffic congestion
  • high taxation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
HeatherS to be honest I do not know how much higher property tax is in Boulder the city compared to the surrounding countryside or smaller towns in Boulder County, I know it is significantly lower though. And the sales tax in Boulder is higher than average in Colorado too...
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