Colorado Recruiting Zone - Boulder

Boulder Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1871
  • Named the “Most Educated City in America” by Forbes magazine
  • Named “Best Place to Start a Business” by Business Week in 2010


  • Population: 103,100
  • Median Age: 36 
  • Land Area: 25.48 square miles
  • County: Boulder


Environmental Attractions

  • 45,000 acres of open space, less than 1 hour from Rocky Mountain National Park
  • 150 miles of hiking and biking trails
  • Rated “#1 Sports Town in America” by Outdoor Magazine

Fun Facts 

  • Scott Carpenter, a NASA astronaut, grew up in Boulder. He named his space capsule after his home on Aurora and 7th. The capsule was Aurora 7.

Arts & Culture

  • Boulder has over 300 restaurants featuring local, regional and international cuisine. Several local restaurants have received national acclaim including Frasca Food and Wine, winner of a prestigious James Beard award.
  • Boulder has more than 30 art galleries and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top cities for art by American Style magazine. The city is also home to four museums, 32 movie and stage theaters, and an impressive variety of cultural performances and events.

Major Employers 

  • University of Colorado
  • IBM Corporation
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
  • Community Hospital Association
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • Covidien

Economic Development

  • Boulder’s location in the Mountain Time Zone, midway between Frankfurt and Tokyo, allows for easier access to international markets. In a single business day, real-time connections can be made with six continents using “one-bounce” satellite network uplinks that provide higher quality communications at lower prices.
  • A high concentration of advanced technology industries has helped fuel venture capital in firms located in Boulder. In 2008, $204 million was invested in Boulder companies, representing 25% of VC investment in the state. (PricewaterhouseCooper/Venture Economics/NVCA MoneyTree™ Report) 
  • Boulder offers several economic incentives to businesses, including the Flexible Rebate Program, the Microloan Program, and the Parks & Recreation Discount Program.