Located northwest of the capital city of Colorado, Boulder is one of the fastest-growing and well respected cities in Colorado. As one of the oldest cities in the state, there is an incredible and rich pride that many residents in Boulder apartments for rent have for this mountainous and beautiful community. With a 2012 estimated population of around 99,000 residents, people who live in Boulder apartments can enjoy a small-city atmosphere without the headaches and traffic of living in a large metropolis. Besides, with the backdrop of the Rockies, why wouldn't you want to live here?
There are many great reasons to move into Boulder apartments for rent, and the city has the awards to prove it! In 2012, it was listed among the best performing cities in the U.S. from the Milken Institute, was ranked as a Tree City USA for the 29th consecutive year, was ranked the fifth most innovative city in the country from Business Insider and was ranked first in the country as a place where startups are thriving. So in addition to being an excellent travel destination, Boulder apartments are actually excellent places to live, work and play.
Like many other communities in Colorado, the cost of living in Boulder apartments for rent can be expensive. However, the city has seen growth over the past several years, despite the fact that it may be a little pricier. According to City-Data, the cost of living index for people living in apartments in Boulder is around 17 percent more expensive than the average U.S. city. However, the median household income is on the rise, so making a living here shouldn't be a problem. AreaVibes gave Boulder a score of 80 due to its low crime rate, stable housing market and tons of local amenities.
According to City-Data, the predominant industries in the area are in science and technology, especially in the high-tech, electronic and aerospace sectors. Some of the most commonly produced items in Boulder are space hardware, recreational equipment, organic food products and electronic devices. Defense contracting is also a major industry for many people living in apartments for rent in Boulder. The largest institution in the area by far is the University of Colorado at Boulder, which welcomes thousands of students into the area every year. However, Boulder is easily accessible to many universities in the Denver area, so you have plenty of options for education in the area.