Best Places to Live

Boulder, CO

Population: 103,919
Photo: Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado

What's the best part about Boulder, CO?

Besides the obvious big mountains and eye-snatching scenery, it's the students who flock to the University of Colorado – Boulder, where the average age of city residents is just 29. Those students help breathe fresh air into a city known for its natural freshness, resulting in a unique atmosphere ideal for the young and providing plenty for the restless. It's also been named one of the best places to live.

Boulder boasts more than 36,000 acres of open space, where students can test their skills in hiking, mountain biking or climbing. The activity doesn't end when winter hits; rather residents head for the slopes at Eldora Mountain Ski Resort to ski, snowboard or snowshoe. When they're ready to warm up, they head to hot spots like the Mountain Sun Pub Brewery and the Corner Bar & Cafe, both famous for fine food and unique brews. 

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