Boulder

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
242/263
Details
Large apartment$2313.94
Medium apartment$1802.45
Rent index [score]0.34
Small apartment$1290.97

Cost of Living

4
189/261
Details
5km taxi ride$1.40
A Cappuccino$4.20
A beer$2.00
A kilogram of Apples$4.10
Bread$1.00
Inflation [score]0.45
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$78.00
Monthly public transport$110.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$83.73

Startups

6
55/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups12
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.46
Coworking spaces [score]0.96
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co7
Meetups [score]0.81
Meetups groups199
Meetups members132652
Number of investors431
Number of startup events in the last 12 months302
Number of upcoming meetup events96
Startup climate scene [score]0.67
Startup events25
Startup events26
Startup events [score]0.53
Startups [score]0.77
Total number of startups355

Venture Capital

7
39/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesTechstars Boulder, Mergelane
Number of funding accelerators2
Venture capital [score]0.67

Travel Connectivity

4
84/260
Details
Airport hub169
Airport hub [score]0.73
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

4
215/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.58

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

7
139/264
Details
Crime rate [score]1.00
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year12
Guns per 100 residents116
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.68
Lack of guns [score]0.44
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.56

Healthcare

7
120/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.42
Healthcare quality [score]0.92
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

5
80/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Best university ranking116
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.21

Environmental Quality

10
2/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.96
Cleanliness [score]1.00
Drinking water quality [score]1.00
Urban greenery [score]1.00

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
148/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

7
47/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)70.78
Internet access (download) [score]0.90
Internet access (upload) [score]0.45
Upload speed (Mbps)10.01

Leisure & Culture

3
247/263
Details
Art galleries66
Art galleries [score]0.55
Cinemas23
Cinemas [score]0.48
Comedy clubs10
Comedy clubs [score]0.41
Concert venues73
Concerts [score]0.59
Historical sites20
Historical sites [score]0.29
Museums13
Museums [score]0.25
Performing art venues66
Performing arts [score]0.56
Sport venues12
Sports [score]0.53
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.28

Tolerance

7
99/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index96.88
LGBT Equality Index [score]1.00
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.34

Outdoors

7
12/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.84
Median peak in meters2516.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)1631.00
Water access [score]0.60
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Boulder are in the 189th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Boulder will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,141$1,441
$1291
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$78
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$51
Monthly public transport$110
Lunch$12
-21%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$91,049
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

116.46
Guns per 100 people
11.75
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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    Climate

    Average number of days per year without rain

    324

    Climate type

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    On living in Boulder

    Boulder, Colorado is a city located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It is a college town with a reputation for progressive values, enjoying the great outdoors and thus a very pleasant place to live and visit.

    These days, Boulder wears several hats: as a university town, home of the University of Colorado at Boulder and others; as a hi-tech town that is rapidly spawning bedroom communities in outlying farm towns; and as a center of alternate culture, with various new age institutions, Naropa University, meditation centers, Buddhist centers, and the like. What perhaps distinguishes it most from other cities of similar size in the United States, however, is its status as a mecca for serious athletes, many of whom have made their home here for the conditioning advantages of high altitude, combined with businesses, facilities, and a community that provides opportunities for serious training and competition. Even the average nine-to-five Boulderite is much more likely than the average American to be a serious climber, cyclist, runner, skier, etc., and you will see the difference as you're about town.

    Boulder is situated in the Front Range region of Colorado and is virtually adjacent to Denver, except for its buffer of Open Space Parks which border the city and provide it shelter from its growing surroundings. This reflects that it is the "front door" to the mountainous country to the west, with many outdoor attractions, including a medium-sized ski resort less than an hour from the city limits, and also the fact that there are significant cultural differences between Boulder and Denver beyond its liberal politics.

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