BOULDER COUNTY

County Offices
County Courthouse
1325 Pearl Street
Boulder 303-441-3131
www.bouldercounty.org

Chamber of Commerce
2440 Pearl St.
Boulder 303-442-1044
http://boulderchamber.com

Boasting the highest concentration of manufacturing and high-tech companies in Colorado, Boulder County is both expansive and diverse. The area features everything from the national treasure of Rocky Mountain National Park to fertile farmland and one of the nation’s foremost centers of research laboratories. Situated northwest of Denver, the county claims the Continental Divide as its western border. The eastern part of Boulder County features rolling plains that rise dramatically into the higher elevation of alpine splendor.

Offering both rural and urban settings, Boulder County appeals to a wide cross-section of newcomers. Young professionals, couples, retirees, and families in all stages are drawn to its unparalleled quality of life. The cities of Boulder and Longmont claim the lion’s share of the county’s population, followed by the towns of Lafayette and Louisville. Wonderful small towns and unincorporated villages dot the landscape, providing a housing selection as varied as the terrain.

Services
Healthcare facilities are top-rated and highly accessible, including Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, and Boulder Community Hospital (BCH). BCH has been named one of the top hospitals in Colorado for treating heart attacks and maintains one of the state’s largest open-heart surgery programs. Also acclaimed is the sports medicine center, attracting patients from across the nation to its unique mix of performance enhancement and rehabilitation services.

Educational excellence throughout Boulder County is positively impacted by the considerable influence of the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder. St. Vrain Valley RE 1J and Boulder Valley RE 2 school districts cooperatively administer a first-rate education from pre-kindergarten through high school. Charter schools and private schools expand the educational alternatives, while higher education is available just beyond the front doorstep at CU. A wide selection of public and private colleges and universities are easily accessible through the transportation efficiencies of the Boulder Turnpike.

Lifestyle
As Boulder has matured over the decades from a “college town” into a dynamic metropolis in its own right, the caliber and quantity of urban amenities enjoyed by county residents has risen sharply. Other developing and growing cities like Lafayette and Longmont have worked diligently to keep pace with Boulder’s lead, adding impressive recreational facilities and supporting active arts organizations. Without a doubt, the influence of CU has enriched the entire area by stimulating the desire for excellence and filling the calendar with exciting events and activities.

Boulder County residents are likely to be outdoor enthusiasts, whether they exercise regularly close to home or take frequent excursions to the nearby Flatiron and Rocky Mountains. Biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, hunting, outdoor photography, nature study, rock climbing, boating, swimming, cross-country and downhill skiing are just a few of the active sports available within a short drive. Farmer’s markets, symphony, theatre, Broadway hits, local festivals, competitive events, summer concerts, popular nightclubs, and quiet starlit nights are all waiting for the newcomer who ventures into one of Colorado’s most highly prized areas—Boulder County.

Boulder
Municipal Offices
303-441-3131
www.bouldercolorado.gov

Chamber of Commerce
303-442-1044
www.boulderchamber.com

Just 35 minutes northwest of Denver, the dynamic and eclectic community of Boulder is home to the University of Colorado. This picturesque city is nestled at the base of the distinctive Flatiron Mountains, with the towering Rocky Mountains to the west. Cosmopolitan, culturally inclined, environmentally aware, socially conscious, and nature loving are all appropriate descriptions for Boulder’s energetic residents. The strong collegiate presence can be felt in the exceptional quality and quantity of performing and visual arts, although outdoor enthusiasts will be equally pleased with 10,000 acres of greenbelts and 8,000 acres of parkland. Boulder is truly a hiker’s paradise with nearly 50 miles of scenic trails. This serene college town attracts the young and those who are young in their spirit and attitudes. Careful planning and limited building permits have protected the city from unbridled urban sprawl. Clean high-tech and environmentally friendly industries as well as federal and national research labs have planted roots in Boulder’s fertile economic soil. The city’s natural beauty, attractive neighborhoods, and abundant recreational activities will ensure its place as one of Colorado’s most desirable places to call home.

Lafayette
Municipal Offices
303-665-5588
www.cityoflafayette.com

Chamber of Commerce
303-666-9555
www.lafayettecolorado.com

Located in the hub of the most dynamic growth area on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Lafayette is a progressive and growing community. Residents enjoy all the cosmopolitan advantages of urban living without the crowds and traffic associated with a metropolitan address. Lafayette is a comfortable city that works diligently to balance small-town charm and friendliness with quality services. This former mining town with a rich sense of history has matured to develop such outstanding amenities as a nationally recognized recreation center, Waneka Lake Park, a championship golf course designed by Hale Irwin, and the recent addition of a $5 million municipal library. Within these high plains of the Rocky Mountain region, residents enjoy a four-season kaleidoscope of sports and outdoor activity.

Longmont
Municipal Offices
303-776-6050
www.ci.longmont.co.us

Chamber of Commerce
303-776-5295
www.longmontchamber.org

Located in the northeastern corner of Boulder County, Longmont is 37 miles north of Denver and overlooks the scenic valley of the St. Vrain River. Just 10 miles east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city offers easy access to premier recreational destinations in Roosevelt National Forest. Both Rocky Mountain Park and the spectacular Trail Ridge Road lie to the northwest of town. Longmont has matured into a balanced community that offers first-rate services including an active parks and recreation department. Four golf courses, more than 20 neighborhood parks, a dozen nature areas and greenways, a major regional shopping center, and a community hospital are just a few of the advantages that ensure a high quality of life. Area youth receive an outstanding education in the St. Vrain Valley School District, while opportunities for higher education abound in Boulder County, the south metro region, and Greater Denver.

Louisville
Municipal Offices
303-666-6565
www.louisvilleco.gov

Chamber of Commerce
303-666-5747
www.louisvillechamber.com

Blending a hometown atmosphere with a modern outlook, Louisville is a study in contrasts. While Main Street retains all the charm and rustic appeal of yesterday, high-tech businesses are prospering throughout the city. In spite of tremendous growth, the time-honored values and rich heritage that built Louisville still underline community life. School activities, civic organizations, cooperative endeavors, and seasonal celebrations bring friends and neighbors together. The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains is available just 10 minutes to the west, providing Colorado’s finest alpine adventures in a four-season playground of natural beauty. Within the community, Lafayette offers local healthcare facilities, an outstanding recreation center, championship golf course, senior center programs, shopping centers, more than 1,700 acres of open space, and excellent youth programs. On a cultural note, the Arts and Humanities Council and the Louisville Art Association promote the arts through exhibits, classes, programs, entertainment, and special events.

Lyons
Municipal Offices
303-823-6622
www.townoflyons.com

Chamber of Commerce
303-823-5215
www.lyons-colorado.com

Located at the entrance to both the North and South St. Vrain Rivers only 20 miles east of the spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park, Lyons is a small city that excels in natural beauty. Dramatic red cliffs border the town for a distinctive appeal. Lyons provides adequate services and amenities for comfort while it retains a traditional small-town atmosphere. Because of the town’s unique location in a geological “bowl” that was formed by sandstone, the winter temperatures tend to be milder than those of the surrounding alpine countryside. Summers are delightfully cool and refreshing. Rarely do residents experience a day in Lyons where Colorado’s trademark bright sunshine does not make an appearance. Beautiful parks and award-winning trails add to the attraction for outdoor enthusiasts.

Nederland
Municipal Offices
303-258-3266
www.town.nederland.co.us

Chamber of Commerce
303-258-3936
800-221-0044
www.nederlandchamber.org

Just 17 miles west of Boulder, the community of Nederland is the largest town along the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway that traverses the 55 miles from Central City to the alpine resort town of Estes Park. The city is served by daily RTD bus service to and from Boulder. On the scenic byway, newcomers will discover major recreational areas like Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Those who are seeking outdoor recreation, the quiet beauty of the mountains, and the slower pace of small-town living will be drawn to Nederland. Summertime brings an influx of tourists, while autumn draws visitors to view the spectacular vistas of golden aspens that cover the hillsides. In the winter, residents and visitors cross-country ski or ski and snowboard at Eldora Mountain Ski resort just five miles from town. The brisk tourist trade has spurred cozy cafes and restaurants, although the town offers well-developed services and amenities for its residents.

Niwot
County Offices
303-441-3131
www.co.boulder.co.us
Community Association
www.niwot.org

Chamber of Commerce
303-288-1000
www.metronorthchamber.com

Under the jurisdiction of unincorporated Boulder County, the village of Niwot was named for one of its early inhabitants—an Arapahoe chief. Basically a cluster of subdivisions within an agricultural and suburban area, Niwot now boasts its own U.S. Post Office, which has officially “placed it on the map.” Downtown Niwot has been designated a historical landmark, guaranteeing that this small town from the pages of history will preserve its “old fashioned” look for decades to come. Because of the community’s scenic location and the growth within the surrounding towns and cities, Niwot is expanding in business and residential sectors. Yesterday’s farms continue to transform into beautiful new subdivisions, initially driven by IBM’s announcement in the mid ‘60s to build a large new plant in that area. With continued development and expansion, it is likely that Niwot will be joining the ranks of incorporated cities within the Denver metropolitan area.

Superior
Municipal Offices
303-499-3675
http://superiorcolorado.gov

Chamber of Commerce
303-554-0789
www.superiorchamber.com

Located between the Boulder-Denver Turnpike of U.S. 36 and Highway 128, the town of Superior is only a five-minute drive from Boulder. Downtown Denver is 30 minutes to the southeast. When the town’s wells began to fail in the 1980s, plans were made for a new residential development southeast of the original community that would revitalize the infrastructure for the entire area. Known as Rock Creek Ranch, the new subdivision that emerged in 1987 continues to expand and develop today. Through the year 2000, nearly 2,000 new single-family homes and 1,600 new multi-family dwellings in Rock Creek Ranch have driven Superior’s population boom. A second development west of the original town called Sagamore has continued this flurry of development, adding retail and commercial centers. Superior boasts a new K-8 school, more than 170 acres of parkland, and nearly 7 miles of multi-purpose trails.

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