Existing and Projected Jobs, Housing, and Population
Boulder Community Data Statistics
Founding Date: Feb. 10, 1859
Incorporation Date: Nov. 4, 1871
Land Area: 25.8 Square Miles
Housing Units (2012 estimate): 43,620
Population (2012 estimate): 99,070
Employment (2010 estimate): 96,800
The purpose of forecasting future population, housing units and employment is to describe the likely future under current trends. This helps us understand where current policies might lead us and to determine whether they are leading us in the direction we want to go. They are also the basis for planning future facilities and services, and are used by each city department in preparing master plans.
Estimates for 2012 population, housing units and employment are from the City of Boulder and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). Future growth projections were developed in conjunction with the 2010 Major Update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP). Estimated 2035 population and housing unit projections assume that residential growth will occur by 2035 at a rate of approximately One percent per year.
In order to manage growth of the city and provide urban services efficiently, the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) designates three areas for long-term planning purposes:
For master planning purposes, Areas I and II are referred to as the City of Boulder's Service Area.
View a report on the highlights from the 2010 Census. Please note that the city's population estimate differs slightly from the U.S. Census.
Estimating an undercount of approximately 2,200 housing units and 8,000 people, the City of Boulder formally challenged the results of the year 2000 United States Census. The challenge was considered by the Colorado State Demographer who agreed that Boulder had an estimated additional 2,014 housing units and 4,420 persons more than the official Census 2000 estimate. The final results accepted by the State Demographer are incorporated in the data tables of existing and projected housing units, population and employment (listed above). The census reports do not reflect the additional population.
View an interactive map of the subcommunities in Boulder - select the "Subcommunities" layer on the right.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 16:46