Boulder, Colorado Population 2022

110,422
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Boulder is a city located in Boulder County Colorado. It is also the county seat of Boulder County. With a 2020 population of 110,422, it is the 11th largest city in Colorado and the 301st largest city in the United States. Boulder is currently growing at a rate of 0.99% annually and its population has increased by 1.51% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 108,777 in 2020. Spanning over 27 miles, Boulder has a population density of 4,200 people per square mile.

The average household income in Boulder is $109,410 with a poverty rate of 20.30%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,588 per month, and the median house value is $736,000. The median age in Boulder is 28.6 years, 27.9 years for males, and 29.7 years for females.

Boulder is located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 25 miles northwest of Denver. 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 Population Statistics

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 is 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 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.
  • Bicycling 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 capita 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 four 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).

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. Before this, the population had not grown since the 1920s.

Boulder Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Boulderwas:

  • White: 86.30%
  • Asian: 5.88%
  • Two or more races: 4.75%
  • Other race: 1.65%
  • Black or African American: 1.07%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Boulder, Colorado is 110,422 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 108,777.

Boulder, Colorado Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Boulder Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Boulder Population by Race

Boulder Population Pyramid 2022

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Boulder Median Age

28.8


Total

28.2


Male

29.6


Female

Boulder Adults

There are 95,345 adults, (12,586 of whom are seniors) in Boulder.

Boulder Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

15.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

16.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Boulder Sex Ratio

Female

52,686

48.43%

Male

56,091

51.57%

Boulder Population by Age

Boulder Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Boulder Household Types

49.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Boulder Households and Families

2.88

Average Family Size

2.26

Average Household Size

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Boulder Households by Type

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Boulder Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Boulder Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 81.57%.

Boulder Educational Attainment by Race

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$51,365

Average Earnings

$59,307

Average Male

$41,806

Average Female

Boulder Earnings by Educational Attainment

Boulder Language by Age

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Boulder Language

85.37% of Boulder residents speak only English, while 14.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.73% of the population.

Boulder Language

Boulder Poverty by Race

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20.30%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.01%

Male Poverty Rate

20.60%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Boulder

The race most likely to be in poverty in Boulder is Islander, with 60.47% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Boulder is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.36%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.34%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.71%.

Boulder Poverty

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Boulder Poverty Rate by Education

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Boulder Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Boulder Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Boulder Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

31.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

30.0%

Male Marriage Rate

33.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Boulder Married by Age and Sex

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Boulder Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Boulder Marital Status by Race

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Boulder Marital Status

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2,991

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Boulder Veterans by War

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Boulder Veterans by Age

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Boulder Veterans by Race

Boulder Veterans by Education

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6.09%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.44%

Veteran Disability Rate

Boulder Veterans by Education

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65.4%

Labor Force Participation

61.8%

Employment Rate

5.5%

Unemployment Rate

Boulder Employment by Age

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Boulder Employment by Race

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Boulder Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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28.05%

Born in Boulder

89.54%

Native Born

10.46%

Foreign Born

6.23%

Non Citizen

4.23%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.54% of Boulder residents were born in the United States, with 28.05% having been born in Colorado. 6.23% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Boulder Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Boulder Population by Year