Boulder : Colorado


What It Is Like to Retire in Boulder

Boulder, Colorado represents an ideal combination type community for many people in retirement. It is a college town with 32,000 students in the University of Colorado providing a vital presence. It has the Rocky Mountains for recreation. Its strong high-tech industry provides a good economic base. There are many cultural things to do. The area has a relatively mild climate compared to the mountains nearby.

Boulder, a city of over 100,000, tends to be one of the more expensive towns in Colorado, reflecting its desirability and the strong local economy. The city has won so many awards that the City’s official website has an entire page devoted to them – most focusing on best “Green”, “Bicycling”, “Running”, “Healthiest”, “Best Place to Live”. Both Modern Maturity and Money Magazine have listed Boulder as a top place for retirement. It has many parks and a plethora of cultural opportunities.  Boulder is located in Boulder County. The city of Denver is less than 50 miles away. For more information on retirement in Colorado.


Where to Retire in Boulder and Home Prices

Real estate developers have taken note of Boulder's popularity with retirees and have responded with many 55+ developments. They range in price and in amenities (see Active Communities link at left).
Boulder real estate is quite expensive compared to U.S. averages and  some other cities in Colorado. According to the National Association of Realtors the median selling price of a single family home in Boulder was $859,100, in the 1st quarter of 2022.


What Is Special about Boulder

University town; 54 urban parks; The Rocky Mountains; Mapleton Historic District ; 13 ski resorts within 100 miles;  54 golf courses within 30 miles; Boulder is a very walkable town.


What Is Not Special about Boulder

This is a very green, liberal community (which might not appeal to those on the other side of the spectrum). Housing is very expensive (but stable).

Who Will Like Retirement in Boulder

Boulder attracts a community of who would like to live in a college town and who enjoy being close to one of the world’s great outdoor environments.  It will never fail to amaze you to see how many fit grey haired athletes in this town, that are running, riding their bikes or walking the many trails. 

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and the University of Colorado drive the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Boulder is located in a basin in north central Colorado at 5344 feet above sea level. The Rocky Mountains rise immediately to the west, as does the Continental Divide. Boulder Creek flows through town. Boulder has an unusual weather combination- it boasts of 300 days of sunshine per year, and 102 inches of precipitation (83 inches of snow).


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Macky Auditorium Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Colorado provides ballet and a concert hall; there is a Nomad Theatre as well as ensemble and dinner theatres; the University has an excellent Museum of Natural History; there are a variety of cultural events throughout the year;  the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Bach Festival are two of the more famous.



Boulder's crime rate is well below average.

Medical Facilities

Boulder Community Hospital


Denver International Airport is 43 miles away. 

Valuable Links

City of Boulder

Boulder Colorado

Boulder on Wikipedia


What people are saying about Boulder

Getting crowded!
All of the above remains true & Boulder is a great place to live, though expensive. However, in 2015, Boulder has gotten so crowded that even friends of mine who were born there now don\'t feel like it is the Boulder they know and love. You can look to the growing communities in east Boulder County for great places to live that are near both Boulder & Denver - places like Longmont (which is also winning its share of awards these days and has much cheaper housing than Boulder), Louisville, and Lafayette to name three.
Posted by jkuczka on December 09, 2015
Living in Boulder is a breath of fresh air
This is a coffee town. A Hike at Chatauqua Park everything Thursday morning with the girls and coffee at Vics will provide more therapy than any doctor can! This is a town where being yourself and getting involved is encouraged. A great variety of public recreation and senior center facilities all around Boulder provide classes, trips, shopping, dances, music and meeting places. With an emphasis on "staying healthy" everyone is encouraged to walk or run the annual Memorial Day Boulder Boulder run through the city. The county has a great RTD (regional transportaion dept) system so you can take the bus most anywhere. Buy an annual ECO Pass and just enjoy the sites and the variety of people that ride regularly from CU students to business people, to sit seers and of course everyone says "thank you" when you get off the bus. Enjoy the ride! Karen Cifala, Senior Real Estate Specialist, Coldwell Banker, Troia Team, Boulder CO
Posted by kcifala on April 09, 2008

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