Boulder (Colorado)

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Boulder at dusk
Boulder at dusk
Location in Colorado
Boulder County Colorado Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Boulder Highlighted.svg
Basic data
Foundation : 1858
State : United States
State : Colorado
County : Boulder County
Coordinates : 40 ° 1 ′  N , 105 ° 17 ′  W Coordinates: 40 ° 1 ′  N , 105 ° 17 ′  W
Time zone : Mountain ( UTC − 7 / −6 )
Inhabitants :
Metropolitan Area :
108,090 (as of 2016)
322,226 (as of 2016)
Population density : 1,713 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 65.7 km 2  (approx. 25 mi 2 ) of
which 63.1 km 2  (approx. 24 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 1655 m
Postcodes : 80301-80310, 80314, 80321-80323, 80328, 80329
Area code : +1 303, 720
FIPS : 08-07850
GNIS ID : 0178680
Website :
Mayor : Matthew Appelbaum

Boulder ( English for "boulder") is a city in Boulder County in the US state of Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the seat of the county administration. Boulder is located about 45 km northwest of Denver .

Boulder is the largest city in the county and the eighth largest city in Colorado. The University of Colorado at Boulder is the most important university of the Colorado university system and one of the so-called Public Ivies of the USA as well as the most important employer in the city. Almost a third of the residents of Boulder are students - this defines the atmosphere of the city, which is considered liberal. The level of education of the residents is above average.

Boulder provided the setting for the book The Stand by Stephen King , who lived in Boulder as a teenager, and for the film series Mork and Mindy , broadcast in Germany as Mork vom Ork . Boulder is also known for the Flatiron Rocks ( Flatiron rock formations ), from which you can overlook the Colorado plateau when the weather is good.

Flatirons Boulder

Due to its altitude of over 1600 m and its dry high mountain climate with almost 300 days of sunshine a year, it is often used as a training location for endurance athletes , for example the runners Uta Pippig , Robert De Castella , Rosa Mota and Ingrid Kristiansen trained here . There are many opportunities for winter sports activities.

The main shopping street in Boulder is Pearl Street, a wide, partly pedestrianized street with many shops and bars. In addition, the student-dominated University Hill forms another gastronomic center. Every summer Shakespeare Festival takes place in the university theater.

The city made headlines with the unsolved murder of the then six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey , who was found murdered in the basement of her parents' house the day after Christmas in 1996 .


Politically, Boulder is one of the most left- wing and most democratic cities in Colorado. The county of Boulder, which includes many of the more conservative suburbs of Boulder, has a voter roll of 37% registered Democrats, 27% Republicans and 36% independents. The city is often mockingly referred to as the "People's Republic of Boulder" or "25 square miles surrounded by reality".

In 1974, the Boulder City Council passed the first Colorado bylaws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual identity. After less than a year, however, the voters of Boulder repealed these statutes in a referendum. 1975 issued the clerk of (engl .: county clerk ) Clela Rorex marriage licenses to same sex , even before a corresponding state law in Colorado was issued. In 1987, the electorate overturned the 1974 decision, making Boulder the first municipality in the United States to pass an anti-discrimination statute on sexual identity through referendum.

In 1996, Boulder became the first Colorado city to ban smoking , which also included bars and pubs.

Bicycle city

Boulder was recognized as a bike-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists and was one of three communities in the United States (alongside Davis and Portland ) to receive the highest level of platinum . Boulder is home to Warm Showers , a nonprofit hospitality network for people who go on bike tours.

Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek is formed by two tributaries along the continental divide : North and Middle Boulder Creek and a little further on South Boulder Creek. In North Boulder Creek, the valley between Navajo Peak and Arikaree Peak forms a chain of lakes on the watershed. The mountain stream flows 17.8 miles (28.6 km) beyond the village of "Switzerland" into the Middle Boulder Creek. Middle Boulder Creek runs like two forks out of the watershed: the northern fork flows in an arc below Mount Neva 7.5 miles (12.1 km) into the south fork. From the junction of the two tributaries, Middle Boulder Creek flows 13.7 miles (22 km) through the small towns of Eldora, Nederland, and Barker Meadow Reservoir, supplying water to the town of Boulder, before flowing into North Boulder Creek. From its source it flows via the tributaries of the North and Central Rivers through Boulder Canyon and through the town of Boulder. At the eastern end of town, south of the Moffat Tunnel, it meets South Boulder Creek, which rises at Roger Pass on the continental divide. South Boulder Creek flows 40 miles (64.4 km) through Rollinsville, Gross Reservoir, and Eldorado Canyon before exiting the mountain range and winding in a curve through South and East Boulder and emptying into Boulder Creek.

Boulder Creek Path

Boulder Creek Path

A mountain stream, the Boulder Creek, meanders through the Boulder Canyon, which carries the mountain water from the mountains with it. The Boulder Creek Path, a path alongside this flowing body of water, is used for rollerblading and cycling.


Since 2014, a long-distance triathlon (3.86 km swimming, 180.2 km cycling and 42.195 km running) has been held here in June with the Ironman Boulder .


In addition to the University of Colorado, there are other research facilities in Boulder. Boulder is the seat of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) as well as the location of several laboratories of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is therefore considered the most important place for research into the atmosphere worldwide.


The metropolitan area of ​​Boulder had a gross domestic product of 23.9 billion US dollars in 2016, making it 107th among the metropolitan areas of the United States. The unemployment rate in the metropolitan region was 2.1 percent and was thus far below the national average of 3.8 percent (as of March 2018). The per capita income was 63,707 US dollars, making Boulder one of the richest cities in the United States.

A well-known company from Boulder was Exabyte Corporation , a leading developer and manufacturer of magnetic tape storage solutions. Exabyte was acquired by Tandberg Data in 2006 .

sons and daughters of the town

Twin cities

Individual evidence

  1. ^ San Francisco not the first to marry couples of the same gender , San Francisco Chronicle. February 14, 2004. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  2. ( Memento of October 11, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) (Eng.)
  3. ^ Return of organization exempt from income tax . Internal Revenue Service . 2017.
  4. ^ For Road-Weary Cyclists, a Room, a Couch, Maybe Even a Meal . In: The New York Times . April 25, 2017.
  5. ^ US Department of Commerce, BEA, Bureau of Economic Analysis: Bureau of Economic Analysis. Retrieved July 4, 2018 (American English).
  6. ^ Boulder, CO Economy at a Glance. Retrieved July 5, 2018 .

Web links

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