Boulder County, CO

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Population

326,078

1.11% growth

Poverty Rate

13.1%


Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$83,755

3.61% growth

Number of Employees

178,279

0.663% growth

Median Property Value

$554,100

9.77% growth

About

In 2018, Boulder County, CO had a population of 326k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $83,755. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Boulder County, CO grew from 322,514 to 326,078, a 1.11% increase and its median household income grew from $80,834 to $83,755, a 3.61% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Boulder County, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.4%), White (Hispanic) (10.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.4%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.97%), and Some Other Race (Hispanic) (2.38%). N/A% of the people in Boulder County, CO speak a non-English language, and 94.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boulder County, CO are University of Colorado Boulder (7,973 degrees awarded in 2017), Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (398 degrees), and Naropa University (268 degrees).

The median property value in Boulder County, CO is $554,100, and the homeownership rate is 62.6%. Most people in Boulder County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Boulder County, CO is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Colorado, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Colorado.

This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Colorado (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Colorado across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

The economy of Boulder County, CO employs 178k people. The largest industries in Boulder County, CO are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (26,970 people), Educational Services (24,803 people), and Retail Trade (19,932 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($101,709), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,991), and Finance & Insurance ($74,383).

Median household income in Boulder County, CO is $83,755. Males in Boulder County, CO have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,774. The income inequality in Boulder County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$83,755

2018 value

± $3,581

3.61%

1 Year Growth

± 5.56%

Households in Boulder County, CO have a median annual income of $83,755, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $80,834 in 2017, which represents a 3.61% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$71,627

Average Male Salary

± $1,528

$54,774

Average Female Salary

± $1,246

In 2018, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.31 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Colorado by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $64,200 ± $6,182

  2. White

    $57,410 ± $991

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $52,978 ± $31,442

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Colorado by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Boulder County, CO is from Colorado.

0.46

2018 Wage GINI

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.24% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Colorado in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Colorado across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 613

  2. Census Tract 129.03

  3. Census Tract 127.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boulder County, CO was Census Tract 613 with a value of $152,433, followed by Census Tract 129.03 and Census Tract 127.01, with respective values of $131,806 and $130,150.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Boulder County, CO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boulder County, CO (39.9k out of 306k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    34,105 ± 1,375

  2. Hispanic

    9,924 ± 821

  3. Other

    1,979 ± 394

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Boulder County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

178k

2018 Value

± 6,874

0.663%

1 Year growth

± 5.32%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Boulder County, CO grew at a rate of 0.663%, from 177k employees to 178k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boulder County, CO, are Management Occupations (22,590 people), Sales & Related Occupations (21,181 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,463 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Boulder County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Boulder County, CO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (22,590 people), Sales & Related Occupations (21,181 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,463 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Boulder County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.84 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.18 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.1 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Boulder County, CO, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($99,274), Legal Occupations ($91,037), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,074).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

178k

2018 Value

± 6,874

0.663%

1 Year growth

± 5.32%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Boulder County, CO grew at a rate of 0.663%, from 177k employees to 178k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boulder County, CO, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (26,970 people), Educational Services (24,803 people), and Retail Trade (19,932 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Boulder County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Boulder County, CO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Boulder County, CO, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (26,970 people), Educational Services (24,803 people), and Retail Trade (19,932 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Boulder County, CO has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.01 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.51 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.33 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Boulder County, CO, by median earnings, are Information ($101,709), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,991), and Finance & Insurance ($74,383).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $35B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $35B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Electronics ($18.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Colorado products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$229B

2020 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

37.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $229B. This is expected to increase 37.2% to $314B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Colorado trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.9B

  2. $10.6B

  3. $8.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $13.9B, followed by Nebraska with $10.6B and California and $8.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Colorado shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

96% of the population of Boulder County, CO has health coverage, with 56.7% on employee plans, 10.9% on Medicaid, 10.3% on Medicare, 17.3% on non-group plans, and 0.807% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Boulder County, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Boulder County, CO see 821 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.75% increase from the previous year (799 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1029 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 160 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

821 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Boulder County, CO see an average of 821 patients per year. This represents a 2.75% increase from the previous year (799 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Boulder County, CO in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,623

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,143

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,287

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Colorado (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.13%, from $6,472 to $6,804.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.97%

Uninsured

56.7%

Employer Coverage

10.9%

Medicaid

10.3%

Medicare

17.3%

Non-Group

0.807%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boulder County, CO declined by 23.4% from 5.18% to 3.97%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Boulder County, CO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Colorado by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Boulder County, CO is home to a population of 326k people, from which 94.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.6% of Boulder County, CO residents were born outside of the country (34.1k people).

In 2018, there were 7.38 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (252k people) in Boulder County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34.2k White (Hispanic) and 14.4k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Boulder County, CO was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Boulder County, CO are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Boulder County, CO residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

34.1k people

10.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

33.7k people

As of 2017, 10.6% of Boulder County, CO residents (34.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Boulder County, CO was 10.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    221,927 ± 11,338 people

  2. India

    25,376 ± 3,902 people

  3. China

    18,220 ± 3,309 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 221,927 Colorado residents, followed by India with 25,376 and China with 18,220.

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Citizenship

94.5%

2018 Citizenship

93.9%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 94.5% of Boulder County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Boulder County, CO was 93.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Boulder County, CO

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    252k ± 686

  2. White (Hispanic)

    34.2k ± 2.73k

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    14.4k ± 1.13k

In 2018, there were 7.38 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (252k people) in Boulder County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34.2k White (Hispanic) and 14.4k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Boulder County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,682 ± 762

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,325 ± 801

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,945 ± 770

Boulder County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Boulder County, CO awarded 8,837 degrees. The student population of Boulder County, CO is skewed towards men, with 20,505 male students and 17,218 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boulder County, CO are White (6,280 and 76.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (758 and 9.27%), Asian (382 and 4.67%), and Two or More Races (329 and 4.03%).

The largest universities in Boulder County, CO by number of degrees awarded are University of Colorado Boulder (7,973 and 90.2%), Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (398 and 4.5%), and Naropa University (268 and 3.03%).

The most popular majors in Boulder County, CO are General Business Administration & Management (941 and 10.6%), General Psychology (477 and 5.4%), and General Physiology (354 and 4.01%).

The median tuition costs in Boulder County, CO are $31,620 for private four year colleges, and $10,248 and $34,382 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 805 degrees awarded

  2. 458 degrees awarded

  3. 331 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Boulder County, CO was General Business Administration & Management with 805 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Boulder County, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,973 degrees awarded

  2. 398 degrees awarded

  3. 268 degrees awarded

$10,248

Median In-State Public

$31,620

Median Private

In 2017, the Boulder County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Colorado Boulder with 7,973 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,572

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,265

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 4,572 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boulder County, CO, which is 1.07 times more than the 4,265 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Boulder County, CO by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,280 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    758 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    382 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Boulder County, CO were to White students. These 6,280 degrees mean that there were 8.28 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 758 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boulder County, CO was $554,100 in 2018, which is 2.41 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $504,800 to $554,100, a 9.77% increase. The homeownership rate in Boulder County, CO is 62.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Boulder County, CO have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Boulder County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$554,100

2018 Median

± $16,232

$504,800

2017 Median

± $18,905

In 2018, the median property value in Boulder County, CO grew to to $554,100 from the previous year's value of $504,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Boulder County, CO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Boulder County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Household Income

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$83,755

Median Household Income

± $3,581

128k

Number of Households

± 5,110

In 2018, the median household income of the 128k households in Boulder County, CO grew to $83,755 from the previous year's value of $80,834.

The following chart displays the households in Boulder County, CO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Boulder County, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Boulder County, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

62.6%

2018 Homeownership

61.4%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 62.6% of the housing units in Boulder County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Boulder County, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boulder County, CO have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.29% of the workforce in Boulder County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    66.1%

  2. Worked At Home

    12.3%

  3. Carpooled

    6.55%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Boulder County, CO was Drove Alone (66.1%), followed by those who Worked At Home (12.3%) and those who Carpooled (6.55%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Boulder County, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Boulder County, CO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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