What makes Boulder, CO unbeatable? Maybe it’s the combination of green space and downtown development, the outrageous number of outdoor activities, or the awesomely walkable Pearl Street Mall. Or maybe it’s simply the mountain backdrop and all-around air of vitality. Whatever it is, Boulder remains the college town to beat. It has a major sports scene, plenty of places to party, and connections to research firms and subjects that students enjoy. We even named it one of the best places to live in America.
City Population: 293,961
College(s): University of Colorado – Boulder, Naropa University
Cool Factors: Around 120 miles of trails, Pearl Street Mall, all kinds of outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding
Benefits: High percentage in the creative class (49%), higher earning potential, public transportation/very walkable
Last Year's Rank: 5