Boulder, CO Reviews

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The city of Boulder, Colorado is known for its scenic mountain views, vibrant arts scene, and active outdoor lifestyle. It has consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States, attracting a diverse range of residents. However, with any city, there are pros and cons to living there. By summarizing user reviews from various sources, we can gain a better understanding of the experiences of those who have lived in Boulder, Colorado. Here are four excerpts from user reviews that provide insight into living in this particular place.

1) From "Sarah G." on Best Places: "Boulder is a beautiful city with so much to offer. The mountain views are breathtaking and there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities. However, the cost of living is high and traffic can be frustrating at times."

2) From "David M." on BestPlaces: "I've lived in Boulder for 5 years and it's been a great experience. The people here are friendly and welcoming, and there's always something to do. The only downside is the lack of affordable housing options."

3) From "Samantha H." on Yelp: "I've been living in Boulder for almost 10 years and I love it. The community is very environmentally conscious and there are plenty of local businesses to support. The only downside is that it can get crowded during peak tourist seasons."

4) From "John D." on TripAdvisor: "Boulder is a great place for families. The schools are top-notch and there are plenty of family-friendly activities. However, the cost of living can be a challenge and the winters can be brutal."

 based on 55 Reviews
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Expensive and requires liking a unique culture - 6/29/2021
Outside of the university, Boulder had a very distinctive "wealthy hippy" feel. A lot of alternative medicine and a matching ethos. This is changing some among my generation (millennials) as Google and other companies have brought more of a northern California feel (and prices) to the town.

It is ridiculously expensive, I am a software developer and can barely afford a house here. If you want somewhere a little less weird and a little less expensive look at Louisville, Lafayette, Superior and Broomfield. Read More

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I love it here! Such a beautiful and friendly city - 11/5/2020
We moved here from Texas about 4 years ago and love it here! The amazing sense of community and high regard for the environment are two of the main reasons we love Boulder! I can see why it is constantly in the top places to live in the country. Our quality of life and general happiness has drastically improved since moving to this amazing town! I also really appreciate the cities proactive stance with their COVID-19/social distancing/mask guidelines for public spaces. Read More

Snob says it's ok - 9/18/2020
Most people do much worse than Boulder. I'm the most critical person I've ever met who is never happy or satisfied -- so that's a pretty huge compliment.  Read More

Rich - 9/15/2020
As hypocritical as it is -- the money stays in Boulder and for that I am thankful.  Read More

Scary elderly joggers - 8/10/2020
I recently visited Boulder Colorado with my son and daughter-in-law and their dog. We had a lovely lunch at a French pastry shop and the owner was very gracious and welcoming. However, we went to a walking path to spend some time outside and were almost physically attacked by two elderly men and another elderly woman wearing their masks and pointing their fingers within 5 inches of our faces about not having our masks on. We were on an outdoor path with no one around but these abusive elderly aggressive people. Next time I will have my stun gun or pepper spray to protect myself and family. Very scary Read More

Boulder, not so great anymore - 1/26/2020
I moved to Boulder in the late 90's and I have seen a lot of changes. For one, over the last two decades, land-use policies have helped shaped Boulder into what it is today. In the past, Boulder had a quaint downtown surrounded by a suburban environment. It had an urban growth boundary with a vast amount of open space. In wanting to keep that character, residents voiced concern over the densification of neighborhoods as population and job growth grew. Instead of allowing for infill development that would include apartments, duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes, around the downtown area, residents insisted that single-family homes stay in place, or be replaced with even larger single-family homes. This practice artificially raised the value of homes in Boulder to what it is now. The average single-family home was $1,207,403 in 2018. Of course, local wages did not keep up with the cost of living. This has forced low and middle-income residents out of Boulder, who now commute in every day Read More

Boulder has it all - 8/20/2019
Boulder is such a beautiful place to live. Nestled against the mountains, hiking is within biking distance. So many various shops, grocery stores, and restaurants to choose from. There's a great outdoor theatre downtown, as well as 2 other indoor venues near downtown. Lots of live music anytime of year. Pearl Street Mall is always filled with Street Performers, especially during the weekend. Read More

Fake - 3/12/2017
Town of elitist snobs and good renters that eventually to leave because it is not affordable. The elitist are fake liberals. They will protest for better but never allow affordable housing. Keep that kind out. The downtown mall is losing all its charm to chain stores.
I have now moved to Santa Fe, NM and I'm loving it. The cost of a home with a yard is about half the cost of Boulder. The town has mountains as a backdrop, a vibrant downtown plaza, year round awesome farmers market, great food scene, culture, amazing weather and abundant outdoor activities. The downtown plaza is full of locally owned businesses. I'll admit Boulder is probably the most scenic, cleanest and safest city I have ever lived in but it is not worth the cost. It now caters only to the rich. I feel Pearl Street will resemble a strip mall in years to come because only chain stores and banks will be able to afford the rent. I doubt in 10 years Boulder will be a place even worth Read More

Yeah yeah - 7/29/2016
A lot of truths and a lot of misconceptions from what I've read so far.
I came to Boulder two years ago from SW Florida.
Here are my pro's and cons:


- Literally the safest city I've ever lived in. I can walk, bike, or drive in any part of town without a second guess
- Fantastic place to raise a family (if you can!)
- Great coffee shops
- Accessibility to nature is beyond all others
- Around 35 min to nearest ski lift, 1-2 hours and you'll be at many more!
- Everyone's down to hike or do something fun and active
- Great activities to do for a college kid
- Mostly friendly people
- Pearl st. and the shopping is great


- The traffic, although not Miami or LA, sucks! It's a smaller area with lots of traffic
- Somewhat pretentious vibe
- No cultural/racial diversity, which makes for a boring ass place at times
- Although you can hike anywhere, peace Read More

About rental properties: check to ensure everythin - 6/3/2014
The City of Boulder requires a rental license for rental properties. An inspection is required to obtain a rental license. However landlords must hire a third party company to do the inspection, the City does not inspect the tens of thousands of rental properties in Boulder. Inspections only deal with life/safety issues. Issues like: do the electrical outlets work, is the plumbing working correctly, are there holes in the walls, are the walls even insulated, is there a large dead tree in the yard; are not covered in the inspection and landlords are not required to maintain / fix these issues. Also, helping a locked out renter is not the landlord’s responsibility.

Boulder is a popular place to live, more renters are always on the way. Check everything before signing the lease.Read More

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