Regularly viewed as one of the most progressive and interesting cities in the United States, Boulder always gets high marks each year for its emphasis on health, fitness, arts and culture, education, and overall quality of life. Home to the University of Colorado, the city's population exceeds 100,000 and is a destination for families seeking a great place to call home as well as retirees who love the idea of living in an area where they can breathe fresh mountain air.
Whether it's public schools, private schools, or even science institutes, Boulder is renowned for its educational systems. While the Boulder Valley School District receives outstanding reviews for its innovation, many parents also appreciate the choices of charter schools. And along with the University of Colorado, many specialized science institutes such as the Space Weather Prediction Center, National Snow and Ice Data Center, and Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research are located in Boulder.
When it comes to cultural activities, there are few cities in the United States that can beat the variety that Boulder offers its residents. A bicycle-friendly city, it has miles of bike paths that all interconnect, enabling residents to easily navigate their bikes around the city. For those who love shopping, Pearl Street Mall offers shops and restaurants that cater to everyone. And for music lovers, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival offer the chance to enjoy critically-acclaimed music each and every year.
Whether it's being named the Happiest City in the United States, the Brainiest City, or one of the healthiest cities in the nation in which to live, retire, or raise an outdoor kid, there's no doubt Boulder is a true Rocky Mountain treasure.
With median housing prices surpassing $1 million, Boulder offers numerous single-family dwellings and condominiums that offer luxury as well as stunning mountain views. Due to the variety of activities and strong emphasis on education, many new housing developments have been constructed to accommodate families that find their way to Boulder. And with its beautiful views, cultural activities, and numerous recreation options, many retirees purchase condominiums for year-round living.
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