Holly Cerretani
Remax of Boulder, Inc.
2425 Canyon Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80302
Office-303-449-7000
Direct: (303) 441-5650
Fax: (303) 444-0844
Cell: (303) 818-5886




 



There is a great deal to be said about Boulder County. It was established in 1861 simultaneously with the Territory of Colorado (Colorado, in Spanish means "ruddy," referring to the color of the rocks in and around the rivers and streams). It occupies 750 square miles along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The altitude ranges from 5,000 feet on the plains to 14,000+ feet along the crest of the Continental Divide, the County's western border. Principle cities include Boulder (the county seat), Longmont, Lafayette, and Louisville. Industries include: manufacturing, wholesale/retail, mining, agriculture, research, education, and finance/insurance/real estate. But this does not describe much about the life here.

Boulder County is unique because it contains a classic combination of metropolitan areas complemented by rural environments, offering something for everyone. Numerous areas of wild life preserve, National Forests, and Open Space Parks provide the attractive juxtaposition between major research, high technology and manufacturing. Civilization and nature coexist in harmony, placing the wonder of discovery on the flight of an eagle practically at your doorstep. For those interested in "roughing it," ample opportunity abounds. For those who prefer afternoon outings, the proximity of a few minutes drive opens the door to mountain picnics, hiking trails, sightseeing tours and ski resorts. Conversely, it's only a few minutes drive back to the amenities of modern conveniences, restaurants, theaters, and nightspots.

It can be said that Boulder County is the home of 310,048 people, but numbers can only describe quantity not quality. The people here have made the call of the mountains a part of themselves, stepping into the rhythm of participation and gratitude inspired by the massive energy of Long's Peak, the Flatirons, and Sugarloaf. A quiet intensity exists which spurs the imagination toward new creative thinking, encouraging active involvement with nature and neighbors, pulling people together in gentle appreciation for the beauty of the land and its inhabitants. Yes, it is the people, united by the determination of the mountains and high country traditions of warmth, charm and acceptance that makes Boulder County an energetic and enthusiastic place to live.

As Boulder County's altitude ranges from approximately 5,000 to 14,000 feet, perhaps it would be appropriate to say a few words about acclimatization. New comers may possibly experience shortness of breath and increased desires for afternoon naps. Don't be alarmed, these symptoms are completely natural when moving from a lower altitude to a higher one, as there is less atmosphere at higher altitudes supporting less oxygen. These symptoms simply tell you that your body's acclimatization process is working and will disappear in a few days, allowing you to continue your normal activities naturally. It is recommended that those who enjoy strenuous activities such as jogging, racquetball, aerobics, etc., to plan on spending a few weeks gradually working toward normal levels of participation.

A few additional suggestions include older automobiles, cooking, golf, and tennis. A simple adjustment of the carburetor, to allow for a richer oxygen mixture, will ensure the proper and efficient operation of your vintage engine. Gourmet chefs may want to contact the Public Service Company and ask for their free brochure, The Art of High Country Cooking, to keep those savory culinary collations savory. In the thinner atmosphere, golf balls carry much farther than at lower elevations. And finally, tennis buffs beware, "high altitude" tennis balls must be used to avoid the ubiquitous "tennis elbow."

After pointing out a few adjustments which have to be made in higher altitudes, in an effort to appease the possible occurrence of a few fears and second thoughts, remember that medical studies have shown that people who live in high elevation areas live longer, happier lives.

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Recreation

 


Earlier residents of Boulder County, continually mindful of the beauty that surrounded them realized that if the abundance of nature's graces was to be enjoyed by future generations, long range planning to preserve wildlife areas would be necessary. Therefore, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department was formed in 1975, consisting of 15 citizens volunteering their efforts to review the land use proposals. This concept illustrates the appreciation County dwellers have for its natural resources and willingness to become involved with its preservation.

The Open Space concept, briefly stated, preserves historic sites, natural resources, and scenic beauty from being overly developed. this protects indigenous plant and animal life and provides places for people to enjoy the mysteries of nature for years to come. Presently the County Open Space areas include over 70,000 acres of plains, mountains, meadows, streams, lakes, and buffer zones, all remaining in their natural habitat for residents to visit, breath the clean air and return feeling fresh and invigorated. Funds for the Open Space concept are issued from the County's General Fund and plans are being made to buy more in the future.

In addition to the Open Spaces, there are 138,588 acres of Roosevelt National Forest occupying 28% of the country's land area, providing residents with abundant hiking, camping, fishing, cross country, and alpine ski trails, and federally run programs for cutting their own firewood.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a yearly must for outdoor enthusiasts. Numerous camp sites, nature trails, wildlife areas, all seasonal Park sponsored activities, and breathtaking Trail Ridge Road can be enjoyed after a short trip to Estes Park, on U.S. Highway 36, approximately 35 miles north of Boulder.

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Education

 


The recognition that public education is an ongoing responsibility is evident in Boulder County. Realizing that the success of future generations is dependant on present efforts, parent and citizen participation is actively encouraged. Two major school districts, the St. Vrain in the northern part of the county, and the Boulder Valley district in the Southern half of the county, serve the needs of preparing our children with progressive and enlightened programs emphasizing the total learning experience.

Both districts enjoy national recognition, striving for academic excellence within the flexibility of individual options. Low student-teacher ratios and traditional closed classrooms attest to the dedication with which administrators, school board members, teachers and parents strive for programs best suited to meet pupil's needs. Some facts to back up Boulder County's impressive schooling programs: 24.4% of students test above Colorado's state average, with 47% testing above state average in math.

Physically and mentally handicapped students are given individual attention and when ever possible, integrated into regular classrooms. Teachers and counselors are continually being trained to spot children with learning disorders as well as those with advanced abilities.

Vocational-Technical training for secondary and post-secondary students exist in both districts, offering many areas of specialization, assisting residents in their quest for personal fulfillment and increased occupational qualifications.

High education abounds in the region with the University of Colorado at Boulder heading the list. Officially opened in 1877 with one building, one faculty member and a president, the University of Colorado has grown to house over 32,775 students and approximately 5,500 faculty members. The Engineering, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Physics departments are rated among the nation's top ten graduate departments, acknowledging CU as one of the foremost centers of higher learning in the United States.

The areas cultural, research, technological, and recreational life is greatly enhanced by the presence of CU. All CU "Buffaloes" (members of the Big 12 Conference) games, the Fiske Planetarium, CU artists' series, government funded research facilities and the library (with over 1,800,000 volumes) are open for public enjoyment.

For those unable to attend regular day classes, programs are available with fully credited courses offered at night and numerous non-credit courses tantalizing those who just want to "brush up on their Shakespeare."

In addition to CU, there are over 16 private and public institutions of high learning within a 50 mile radius.

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Employment/Industry

 


Boulder County's work force is relatively young (median age is 29 years), exceptionally well educated (over 71% receive formal education beyond high school), and mobile. With the median income of the households in the County being over $69,000 per year, the mobility factor is steadily decreasing. The rather remarkable facts are further illustrated by the following breakdown of labor classifications.

Professional/Technical       32%
Executive/Managerial        11%
Other White Collar            20%
Blue Collar                      16%
Sales/Service                  18%
Other                              3%

There has been a phenomenal growth of high tech and bio tech industries in the last few years. These non-polluting industries have spearheaded the County's emergence as a viable marketplace in the manufacture and sales of electronic data processing equipment, software, data storage devices, communication technology, cutting edge pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. The region has been nicknamed the "Silicon Mountains" in reference to the explosion of computer related businesses springing up like summer mushrooms. Storage Technology Corporation, IBM, Ball Aerospace, Cadnetix, Exabyte, Google, Neodata, and NBI, to mention a few, have had an immense impact on the areas employment and tax revenues.

U.S. Government funded research facilities such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and the University of Colorado (by nature of government grants) make Uncle Sam the second largest employer in the area.

So as not to smite the hand of the first settlers to the County, it is only appropriate to mention that 23% of the land area is farmland. The agricultural industry has been an historical and now continual factor in the area's economy. The wholesale/retail business employs approximately 18% of the work force, standing very close to the manufacturing interests by contributing significant percentages to the County's revenue.


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A Few Legal Matters

 


Colorado law states that automobiles must be registered and Colorado license plates and drivers' license must be obtained within 30 days of establishing residency. For the purpose of registration, residency is established:
•    you are employed in Colorado
•    you own or operate a business in Colorado, or
•    you have resided in Colorado continuously for 90 days

If you possess a valid out-of-state drivers' license, a Colorado drivers' license will usually be issued after passing the eye test and written exam.

To cast your ballot in State, and most city and county elections, you must meet the following requirements:

•    be a resident for 32 days prior to voting day,
•    be at least 18 years old,
•    be a citizen of the United States, and
•    be a registered voter

The sales tax throughout the County are broken down as follow: State 2.9% + RTD Levy 1.1% + Open Space .6% + Jail Improvements and Operations .05% + Non Profit Human Service Agencies .05% + County Road and Transit Improvements .1% + County Flood Recovery .185% = 4.985% total Boulder County Tax. Each municipality has their own sales tax ranging from 3% to 3.9% which is collected along with Boulder County tax.



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