Boulder, Colorado. Where the Rockies meet the Plains.
Mild, sunny winters and warm, comfortable summers attract a variety of outdoor enthusiasts, businesses and those looking to work in the vibrant, eclectic community that includes the University of Colorado, one of the major colleges in the West.
Boulder is a landmark for those pursuing an active, healthly lifestyle. Consistently ranked as one of the best places to live & work in the United States, Boulder earns the reputation. At an elevation of 5400' with a year-round climate friendly to training, Boulder is a haven for world-class runners, cyclists and triathletes. Some of America's best skiing is only a couple hours away, at places like Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen. Just west of the city are imposing mountainous slabs of rock tilted thousands of feet above the foothills, known as the Flatirons. Boulder is surrounded by thousands of acres of recreational open space, parks, mountain bike trails and nature preserves. There are ample opportunities for hiking, biking, running, wildlife watching and rock climbing. Many trails start at the edge of the city, like in Chautauqua Park, while others are only a short drive away. High-end rock climbing is found in nearby Eldorado Canyon, famous for its world-renowned routes. There are also climbing routes of varying difficulty on the Flatirons themselves. Rocky Mountain National Park is only 35 minutes away and features elk herds, bighorn sheep and easy access to huge peaks and alpine tundra above 13,000'.
Boulder has a population of about 100,000. It is one of the most-educated places in the country, as over 50% of the population holds a college degree. IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hunter Douglas, Crocs, Google & Microsoft are a few of the companies that take advantage of Boulder's intelligent workforce. The entrepreneurial tenor of the city is reflected in the Boulder Chamber of Commerce's count of over 1000 thriving small companies. Dynamic Pearl St Mall (an outdoor, car-free walking mall) and the spirited atmosphere of The Hill (near the University) combine with the outdoor opportunities to beckon Boulderites to find a perfect work/life balance. It was a natural fit that working intelligently, and roots of the "virtual office" industry, found their true start in Boulder.