Retire in Boulder


Find out how much it costs to live in Boulder.

Cost of Living

Kiplinger Rating:

Tax Friendly

State Income Tax:


Social Security Tax?


County + State Sales Tax


Property Tax Rate *


Property Tax Ranking (County Property Tax rank out of 2,773, higher rank=lower rate) *


* 2008-2010

Cost of Living Index (100=average):


Housing + transportation costs as % of income:


Tax Details

State Sales Tax Breaks for Seniors:


Pensions Taxed?


Tax burden: % income going to state and local taxes:


Inheritance and estate taxes (per Kiplinger):


Taxing of other retirement income (per Kiplinger):


Property Tax Break for Seniors (per Kiplinger):

A homestead exemption is available for qualifying seniors and the surviving spouse of a senior who previously qualified. Seniors must be at least age 65. It exempts 50% of the first $200000 of actual value of a primary residence. The state pays the tax on the exempted value. The person must have owned and lived in the home for at least ten years. This exemption is also available to qualifying disabled veterans.\n\nFull-year Colorado residents age 65 or older or disabled or a surviving spouse age 58 or older may qualify for the Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate and/or the Property Tax Deferral. Qualified applicants can receive a rebate of up to $600 of the property tax and $192 of their heating expenses paid during the year either directly or as part of their rent payments.\n\nSeniors age 60 and older or those with a disability may apply for the property tax work-off program which lets them work for the city or county government to pay off a portion of their property taxes.


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Work Potential

  • Area
  • National Average

5 Largest Companies

  • IBM Corp
  • Covidien Surgical Solutions Group Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions
  • Seagate Technology
  • Micro Motion
  • Intrado Inc.

GDP Growth Last 3 Years


Income Growth Last 3 Years


Employment Growth Last 3 Years


Top Industries Hiring

  • Professional scientific and technical services
  • Construction
  • Educational services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Manufacturing

Breakdown Fulltime vs Part Time over 65 (%)

  • Part Time over 65
  • Full Time Over 65

Occupation Breakdown (%)

  • Management, Business, Science & Arts (MBSA)
  • Natural Resources, Contruction & Maintenance (NRCM)
  • Production, Transportation, Materials & Moving (PTMM)
  • Sales & Office (S&O)
  • Service

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