The educational needs of students in Boulder are met by the Boulder Valley School District. The district is made up of 36 elementary schools, 18 middle schools and 13 high schools. Sources of higher education are also nearby. The University of Colorado in Boulder serves more than 26,000 students and provides courses in more than 150 fields of study. Founded in 1876, the university has maintained its original campus, which is nestled in the shadow of the Flatirons. The Boulder campus has been noted as one of the most beautiful in the nation.
Also nearby are Naropa University and Front Range Community College, a highly regarded educational institution that has aided Boulder in dealing with the significant industrial growth that the area has experienced.
Along with the natural beauty of its surroundings, the city of Boulder is blessed with people who share an entrepreneurial spirit toward commerce and technology. The city's flourishing economy is fueled by technology, aerospace and science labs including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Attractions/Points of Interest
Cultural events bring residents together on a regular basis. Some of the events include the Boulder Creek Festival, the annual Bolder Boulder 10K race, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival each summer, the Boulder County Farmer's Market and the Colorado Music Festival. Popular attractions include the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, Leanin' Tree Museum and the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company.
Ecology has become a way of life for Boulder residents. The city proudly boasts 7,000 acres of mountain parks and the entire area is surrounded by 27,000 acres of nature preserves. Boulder's 35-plus square miles include an abundance of urban parks, two public outdoor pools, a reservoir for boating and swimming and a city-owned golf course.
Boulder boasts an almost endless list of year-round recreational opportunities. Some of the most popular activities include mountain biking, hiking, in-line skating, snowshoeing, sledding, mountaineering, backpacking, cycling, rock and ice climbing, boating, rafting, tubing, alpine and cross country skiing, fly fishing, kayaking, snowboarding, windsurfing, gliding, hot air ballooning and horseback riding. Throw in 300 days of sunshine and it is obvious why Boulder was voted the "#1 Sports Town in America" and the "Best Place to be an Uberjock" by Outside Magazine.
Outside Magazine isn't the only organization to have recognized Boulder as one of the most desirable places for sports and outdoor recreation. Runner's World Magazine put Boulder at the top of their list of the "10 Best Running Cities," Self Magazine dubbed Boulder as one of the "10 Healthiest Places for Women to Live," Modern Maturity Magazine selected Boulder as their "#1 Green & Clean City" due to trail, ski resort and mountain accessibility, and Health Magazine included Boulder in their list of "America's 10 Fittest Cities."
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