Boulder Population 2017

The estimated population of Boulder is 104,000, up from 97,395 at the 2010 census. The population of the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area is much larger, estimated at 300,000. The city has a population density of 3,947 people per square mile, or 1,524 per square kilometer.

Boulder is well-known for its history, the University of Colorado and its large hippie population in the 1960s. The city also frequently tops rankings for education, health and quality of life.

Boulder Demographics

At the 2010 census, the racial and ethnic composition of Boulder was:

  • White: 88.0%
  • Asian: 4.7%
  • Black or African American: 0.9%
  • Native American: 0.4%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Other race: 3.2%
  • Two or more races: 2.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 8.7%

Boulder has a population younger than the national average with a median age of 28.7 years compared to the U.S. median age of 37.2. About one-third of Boulder's population are between the ages of 18 and 24, mostly due to a large number of university students.

The city has a median household income of just over $57,000, with a median family income of $113,600. Full-time female workers make $47,500 compared to full-time male workers at $72,000. A full 25% of the population lives below the poverty line. Boulder usually has higher home prices than nearby areas.

Boulder History

Boulder was first home to Native Americans who had a village nearby. The first non-native settlement was established in 1858 by gold seekers. The Boulder City Town Company was created a year later with lots that had a purchase price of $1,000, which was lowered to bring in more residents. The government was formalized in 1871 when the town was incorporated.

By 1880, Boulder had a population of more than 3,000. Many trainees came to the area after World War II as business people and students, joining veterans attending the University. Prior to this, the population had not grown since the 1920s.

Boulder Facts

  • Among 14 comparable cities, Boulder has the most people who walk to work, work at home and carpool, and it ranks second in terms of people who bike.
  • Bicyling is so popular in the city that the Boulder Creek bike path is often plowed of snow before the roads.
  • Colorado has fewer overweight people per capital and more people who exercise regularly than any other state.
  • 70% of Boulderites own a bicycle.
  • Boulder is the largest beer-producing triangle in the world with Anheuser-Busch and Coors.
  • Robert Redford was a janitor in Boulder before he became famous.
  • Boulder has a "blue line" which deters expanding structures over 4 stories that would prevent views of the mountains.
  • Boulder's top rankings include: Lesser-Known LGBT Family-Friendly City, Best City to Raise an Outdoor Kid, Top 10 Healthiest Cities to Live and Retire (#6), Top Brainiest City, Top Happiest City, Top 10 Cities for Artists (#8).
Year Population Change
2015 107,349 10.20%
2010 97,385 2.90%
2000 94,673 13.60%
1990 83,312 8.60%
1980 76,685 14.70%
1970 66,870 77.30%
1960 37,718 88.60%
1950 19,999 54.30%
1940 12,958 15.50%
1930 11,223 2.00%
1920 11,006 15.40%
1910 9,539 55.10%
1900 6,150 84.70%
1890 3,330 8.50%
1880 3,069 0.00%

Boulder Population in 2017 Source: Sarah Nichols from Las Vegas, NV, USA

Boulder Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 90,219 88.45%
Black or African American 1,040 1.02%
American Indian and Alaska Native 252 0.25%
Asian 4,788 4.69%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 39 0.04%
Some Other Race 2,500 2.45%
Two or More Races 3,164 3.10%

Population Pyramid