Boulder County, CO

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Population

322,514

0.0894% growth

Median Age

36.5


Median Household Income

$80,834

8.33% growth

Poverty Rate

13.1%


Number of Employees

177,104

3.5% growth

Median Property Value

$504,800

7.96% growth

About

In 2017, Boulder County, CO had a population of 323k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $80,834. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Boulder County, CO grew from 322,226 to 322,514, a 0.0894% increase and its median household income grew from $74,615 to $80,834, a 8.33% increase.

The population of Boulder County, CO is 77.6% White Alone, 13.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.6% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Boulder County, CO speak a non-English language, and 93.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boulder County, CO are University of Colorado Boulder (7,761 degrees awarded in 2016), Naropa University (284 degrees), and Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (243 degrees).

The median property value in Boulder County, CO is $504,800, and the homeownership rate is 61.4%. Most people in Boulder County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Boulder County, CO is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Boulder County, CO employs 177k people. The largest industries in Boulder County, CO are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (26,146 people), Educational Services (23,072 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (20,281 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($107,937), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($79,058), and Information ($74,423).

Median household income in Boulder County, CO is $80,834. Males in Boulder County, CO have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,627. The income inequality in Boulder County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$80,834

2017 value

± $3,127

8.33%

1 Year Growth

± 5.46%

Households in Boulder County, CO have a median annual income of $80,834, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $74,615 in 2016, which represents a 8.33% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$70,370

Average Male Salary

± $1,540

$53,627

Average Female Salary

± $1,308

In 2017, 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $63,284 ± $33,979

  2. Asian

    $57,318 ± $5,622

  3. White

    $55,910 ± $1,010

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.456% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 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 13.4%. 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

177k

2017 Value

± 6,587

3.5%

1 Year growth

± 5.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boulder County, CO grew at a rate of 3.5%, from 171k employees to 177k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boulder County, CO, are Management Occupations (24,665 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,370 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (14,906 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 (24,665 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,370 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (14,906 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 (3.85 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.42 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.9 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 ($100,282), Management Occupations ($90,561), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($88,503).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

177k

2017 Value

± 6,587

3.5%

1 Year growth

± 5.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boulder County, CO grew at a rate of 3.5%, from 171k employees to 177k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boulder County, CO, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (26,146 people), Educational Services (23,072 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (20,281 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 (26,146 people), Educational Services (23,072 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (20,281 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Boulder County, CO has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.98 times higher than expected), Information (1.78 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.55 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Boulder County, CO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($107,937), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($79,058), and Information ($74,423).

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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. $30.1B

  2. $22.9B

  3. $15.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $30.1B, followed by Mixed freight ($22.9B) and Electronics ($15.7B).

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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$208B

2015 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Colorado trade was $208B. This is expected to increase 51.4% 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. $12.5B

  2. $9.22B

  3. $7.43B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $12.5B, followed by Nebraska with $9.22B and California and $7.43B.

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 neighboring states.

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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%).

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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 323k people, from which 93.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.6% of Boulder County, CO residents were born outside of the country (34.1k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Boulder County, CO is composed of 250k White Alone residents (77.6%), 45k Hispanic or Latino residents (13.9%), 14.8k Asian Alone residents (4.6%), 7.79k Two or More Races residents (2.41%), 2.69k Black or African American Alone residents (0.833%), 929 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.288%), 855 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.265%), and 61 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0189%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Boulder County, CO are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Boulder County, CO was 36.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Boulder County, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Boulder County, CO residents was 36.

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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

    234,816 ± 11,645 people

  2. India

    20,457 ± 3,505 people

  3. China

    19,921 ± 3,459 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 234,816 Colorado residents, followed by India with 20,457 and China with 19,921.

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Citizenship

93.9%

2017 Citizenship

93.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93.9% of Boulder County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Boulder County, CO was 93.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    250k ± 408

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    45k ± 3.3k

  3. Asian Alone

    14.8k ± 1.06k

In 2017, there were 5.57 times more White Alone residents (250k people) in Boulder County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45k Hispanic or Latino and 14.8k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Boulder County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Boulder County, CO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Boulder County, CO was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Boulder County, CO are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,744 ± 914

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,703 ± 892

  3. Korea

    1,619 ± 512

Boulder County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Boulder County, CO awarded 8,481 degrees. The student population of Boulder County, CO is skewed towards men, with 19,669 male students and 16,272 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boulder County, CO are White (6,120 and 76.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (733 and 9.2%), Asian (410 and 5.14%), and Unknown (299 and 3.75%).

The largest universities in Boulder County, CO by number of degrees awarded are University of Colorado Boulder (7,761 and 91.5%), Naropa University (284 and 3.35%), and Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (243 and 2.87%).

The most popular majors in Boulder County, CO are General Business Administration & Management (888 and 10.5%), General Psychology (549 and 6.47%), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (364 and 4.29%).

The median tuition costs in Boulder County, CO are $31,000 for private four year colleges, and $9,768 and $33,316 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 772 degrees awarded

  2. 527 degrees awarded

  3. 341 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Boulder County, CO was General Business Administration & Management with 772 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. 7,761 degrees awarded

  2. 284 degrees awarded

  3. 243 degrees awarded

$9,768

Median In-State Public

$31,000

Median Private

In 2016, the Boulder County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Colorado Boulder with 7,761 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,374

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,107

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,374 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boulder County, CO, which is 1.07 times more than the 4,107 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

    6,120 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    733 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    410 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Boulder County, CO were to White students. These 6,120 degrees mean that there were 8.35 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 733 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boulder County, CO was $504,800 in 2017, which is 2.32 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $467,600 to $504,800, a 7.96% increase. The homeownership rate in Boulder County, CO is 61.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Boulder County, CO have an average commute time of 20.5 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.

Income

Household Income

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$80,834

Median Household Income

± $3,127

128k

Number of Households

± 5,404

In 2017, the median household income of the 128k households in Boulder County, CO grew to $80,834 from the previous year's value of $74,615.

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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Housing

Property Value

$504,800

2017 Median

± $18,905

$467,600

2016 Median

± $13,346

In 2017, the median property value in Boulder County, CO grew to to $504,800 from the previous year's value of $467,600.

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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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

61.4%

2017 Homeownership

64.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.4% of the housing units in Boulder County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.7%.

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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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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Commute Time

20.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boulder County, CO have a shorter commute time (20.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.1% 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

    64.3%

  2. Worked At Home

    13.6%

  3. Carpooled

    8.01%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Boulder County, CO was Drove Alone (64.3%), followed by those who Worked At Home (13.6%) and those who Carpooled (8.01%).

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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