Where To Live In Boulder County

Finding The Place Thats Right For You

Pearl Street

West Pearl Street, Boulder

A lot of factors can go into deciding where to live in Boulder County: home prices, home values, commute times, schools and finding the place with the right feel for you. Homes can be found in all price ranges throughout the county, with the highest average sales
prices for homes located in the city of Boulder.
Single Family Homes Boulder
According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s House Price Index, based on repeat sales or refinancing of same single family properties, homes in Boulder County appreciated at a higher rate from fourth quarter 2009 to 2010 than in the previous 12 months. Over the past four years, homes in the Boulder area have held their value better than the national average.

City Population Population Change Since 2000 Median Household income Median House Value In 2009 Median House Value Increase Since 2000
Boulder 97,574 3.1% $47,967.00 $477,700.00 75.50%
Louisville 18,414 -2.8% $79,856.00 $346,420.00 50.03%
Lafayette 24,506 5.60% $63,703.00 $241,562.00 33.39%
Superior 12,509 38.80% $95,003.00 $391,567.00 38.90%
Niwot 4,006 -3.7% $106,967.00 $476,230.00 38.12%
Gunbarrel 9,263 -1.8% $74,272.00 $364,576.00 41.25%
Longmont 86,450 21.6% $52,067.00 $241,000.00 38.67%
Erie 18,210 189.50% $97,335.00 $327,972.00 31.82%

Planning on working in Boulder or Denver but living outside of the city? Here are the average commute times from nearby cities by car:

Starting Location To Boulder To Denver
Broomfield 20 min 26 mins
Longmont 25 min 45 min
Erie 30 min 40 min
Westminster 25 min 20 min
Superior 13 min 30 min
Louisville 18 min 35 min
Lafayette 25 min 35 min

No matter where you’re moving, or even whether or not you have children in school, education is an important consideration for choosing a place to live. The quality of education in a community affects resale value and the quality of neighborhoods. Look at each city’s average school rank based on test scores from the Great School rating system:


City Elementary School Middle School High School
Boulder 8 8 9
Niwot 10 n/a 10
Louisville 8.5 8.5 9
Lafayette 4.75 4 6
Superior 10 10 n/a
Erie 8 7 8
Longmont 4.5 5.5 6.75