Market Profile

Boulder, Colorado

NEW! The 2023 Report.

Home to a world-class research university, a diverse mix of key industry clusters, major government research facilities, visionary entrepreneurs and the nation’s most highly educated population, Boulder’s economy is truly unique in size and diversity.



A deeper dive into population data.

Key Industries

Primary employer workforce data.

Real Estate

Retail and residential costs.

Local Economy

Income, taxes, and investments.



The City of Boulder is the largest municipality in Boulder County, part of the seven-county Denver
metro area, and the only county in the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area MSA (MSA). Only 30
minutes from downtown Denver and 45 minutes from one of the nation’s largest international airports,
Boulder offers the advantages of a small city with big-city convenience and amenities. Its location in the
Mountain Time Zone provides same-day telephone access to major markets throughout the world.
Boulder has a vibrant economy representing a diverse array of industries. Those that impart a
particularly broad footprint on the city’s economy include aerospace, bioscience, natural and organic
products, outdoor recreation, software, and tourism.

Perhaps the best known attribute of Boulder’s economy is its dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The city regularly earns the highest comparative rankings from organizations such as the Brookings
Institution and the Ewing and Marion Kauffman Foundation and from media publishers like
Entrepreneur, Fortune, Forbes and Inc.

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