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Hale Scientific Building, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
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Boulder, CO

Class: Small city
Class rank: 4

The city beneath the Flatirons is one of the most scenic college settings in the country. Boulder has long struggled with growth, enacting laws to protect land from development. More recently it has squirmed in the glare of endless media coverage of the JonBenet Ramsey murder.

With its active scientific and technology sector, Boulder's rating in the ePodunk survey was bolstered by a high number of information-related companies and a low unemployment rate.



Combined college enrollment: 29,352

Population: 94,673
Population change, 1990-2000: 13.60%

Median age: 29
(National: 35.3)

Per capita income: $27,262
(National: $21,587)

Unemployment rate: 2.4%
(National: 4.0%)

Owner-occupied housing: 48.0%

Public library expenditures, per capita: $56.21

Community profiles:
Boulder, CO
Boulder demographics

College profiles:
University of Colorado

Notes:
1. All figures are for the years 1999-2000.
2. Combined enrollment figures are for the four-year colleges included in this survey.
3. Unemployment rates are an annual average.
4. Per-capita income and unemployment rates are county-level statistics.

For more on the sources and statistics used in this study, see methodology.


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