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Boulder, Colorado

Boulder is a city located in Boulder County, Colorado, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 94,673. It is home of the largest campus of the University of Colorado. It has an elevation of 5,430 feet and is 50 km (35 miles) northwest of Denver. Boulder is the largest city in the county and the eighth largest in the state. It is the county seat of Boulder County6.

Boulder is well known for its committment to preserving open space and limited population growth. However, by 2000, limited residential growth combined with university and commercial growth to create traffic congestion.

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In 1967, Boulder residents became the first in the nation to tax themselves to acquire and preserve a municipal open space buffer around the city.

Law and government

Boulder was the second city in the US to implement the Hare (or Single Transferable Vote) method of voting in 1917. It was repealed in 1947.


Boulder is located in the Boulder Valley[?] where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. Boulder is famous for the Flat-Iron rock formation that overlooks the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 65.7 km² (25.4 mi²). 63.1 km² (24.4 mi²) of it is land and 2.6 km² (1.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.94% water.

Boulder in fiction

Boulder was a setting for Stephen King's book The Stand[?] (1978), and for the 1970s sitcom Mork and Mindy.


As of the census of 2000, there are 94,673 people, 39,596 households, and 16,788 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,499.9/km² (3,884.1/mi²). There are 40,726 housing units at an average density of 645.2/km² (1,670.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 88.33% White, 1.22% African American, 0.48% Native American, 4.02% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.50% from other races, and 2.40% from two or more races. 8.24% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 39,596 households out of which 20.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% are married couples living together, 6.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 57.6% are non-families. 33.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.20 and the average family size is 2.84.

In the city the population is spread out with 14.8% under the age of 18, 25.9% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 29 years. For every 100 females there are 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 107.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $44,748, and the median income for a family is $70,257. Males have a median income of $41,829 versus $32,100 for females. The per capita income for the city is $27,262. 17.4% of the population and 6.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.4% are under the age of 18 and 6.5% are 65 or older.

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