Boulder, Colorado / Pearl Street Mall

Boulder, Colorado / Pearl Street Mall

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Boulder continues to rank high as one of the most desirable places to reside, according to U.S. News and World Report 2024 Best Places to Live rankings. This year, holding steady within the top 10 since at least 2021, the city once again clinched the No. 2 spot for quality of life.  

Boulder was also the No. 10 overall best place to live, following the No. 3 ranked Colorado Springs and leading Fort Collins and Denver, ranked as Nos. 39 and 40, respectively. 

Boulder earned a strong 7.4 out of 10 in the quality-of-life analysis, a metric gauging residents’ contentment with their daily lives and the impact of various factors such as crime rates, educational standards and overall well-being. The well-being score considers satisfaction with sense of purpose, social, financial, community and physical. 

Boulder’s beauty and Rocky Moun-tain location top the list of features that residents appreciate, as do the area’s outdoor activities and wellness options. From hiking trails to yoga studios, spas and alternative healthcare, the area caters to diverse lifestyle preferences.

The metropolitan population stands at 122,362, with a median age of 36 and a median household income of $87,017. US News reports a median home price of $854,424 and a median monthly rent of $2,061. 

In comparison, Colorado Springs boasts a population of 527,657, with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $89,313. The median home price is $394,553, and the median monthly rent is $1,702. Colorado Springs is noted for its beautiful mountain backdrop, proximity to Pikes Peak and diverse metropolitan area. 

Boulder’s overall score is 6.7, with a quality of life of 7.4 and a value of 5.5. No. 3 ranked Colorado Springs’s overall score is 7.0, with a quality of life of 6.5 and a value of 7.0.

To earn recognition on the Best Places to Live list, 150 of the most populous metro areas in the U.S. are analyzed by U.S. News and World Report. To rank well, a city must meet residents’ expectations for value, desirability, a strong job market and a high quality of life. U.S. News analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Labor and the publication’s internal resources. The rankings are intended to help people make decisions about where to live.  

For a detailed breakdown of the top cities and their rankings and scores, refer to the complete list at

By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail Tom at [email protected], call 303.441.5620, or visit