Boulder, Colorado


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The first American explorers to visit what would become the Boulder, Colorado area included Zebulon Pike, Stephan Long, and John Fremont during the 19th century.  The first American settlement in the Boulder area formed in 1858.   Initially referred to as Boulder City, this settlement would not be officially incorporated as a city until the 4th of November, 1871.   Boulder is located 25 miles (40 km) northwest of the capitol of Colorado, Denver.  It is also located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  Boulder, Colorado has an elevation of 5,430 feet, or 1,655 meters.  The city was named for its rocky, mountainous landscape.

Today, Boulder, Colorado is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Boulder County, and the 11th most populous municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado.  According to a 2014 estimate by the US census bureau, Boulder, Colorado has a population of 105,112 people.  This makes it the 278th most populous city in the United States.  Boulder, Colorado is part of the 10-county Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is estimated to have a population of 2,697,476 people.  This would make it the 21st most populous metropolitan statistical area in the nation.  The 12-county Denver-Aurora, CO Combined Statistical Area was estimated in 2013 to have a population of 3,277,309, which ranks as the 16thmost populous metropolitan area in the US.

Boulder, Colorado’s most famous landmarks are its rock formations.  Nicknamed the ‘Flatirons’ these “slabs of sedimentary stone tilted up on the foothills” were known as the ‘Chautauqua Slabs’ in 1900 and ‘The Crags’ by 1906.  According to Mary Reilly-McNellan’s ‘History of Boulder Mountain Parks’, the Flatirons were either named after old-fashioned clothes irons or the Flatiron Building in New York City, which had just been completed in 1902.

Boulder, Colorado also features the Pearl Street Mall, which is a four block pedestrian mall.  The city also hosts the annual Bolder Boulder, a 10 km road run held on Memorial Day every year since 1979.  According to Bolder Boulder’s media guide: “the race involves over 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair racers, making it one of the largest road races in the world.  It has the largest non-marathon prize purse in road racing.”

The city of Boulder, Colorado is perhaps best known for being a liberal, hippie college town.  This is mostly thanks to the University of Colorado Boulder, more commonly referred to as UCB.  UCB serves as the flagship university of the University of Colorado system.  In fact, UCB was founded in 1876, five months prior to Colorado being accepted as a state in the Union.

As of Fall 2014, UCB contained 32,080 students in total, with 1,075 academic staff.  In 2015, it had an endowment of $1.090 billion.  “Twelve Nobel Laureates, nine MacArthur Fellows, and 18 astronauts have been affiliated with USB as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history.”  UCB includes the Laboratory for Atmospheric Space Physics and JILA.

Boulder, Colorado’s sports scene is dominated by the UCB Colorado Buffaloes.  UCB’s Colorado Buffaloes “compete in 17 varsity sports and are members of the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference.”  In total, UCB’s Buffaloes have won 28 national championships: “20 in skiing, seven total in men’s and women’s cross country, and one in football.”

Do you own a small business in the Boulder, CO area?  Are you by any chance thinking about it?  These resources could be useful to you:

Apply for a Business License in Boulder, CO

Business in Boulder, CO

Boulder, CO Chamber of Commerce

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