If you are new to Boulder, CO and seeing lots of bumper stickers begging you to "keep Boulder Weird"; well time to smile and oblige because Boulder is a weird place in the true sense. Nothing is typical here in Boulder. The rocks, the creek, the annual festivals, the taste of people, the costly real estate, the vast lush green areas and the topics discussed over the coffee table and the dressing sense, you will have to explore and see through your own eyes to believe.
The People's Republic of Boulder:
Boulder has its own soul, own identity and they maintain it. They walk the talk when it comes to being environment-friendly, liberal out view and discipline. It has Trails, open space, great food, good public transport, low crime, great education, and fairly friendly people. You may have to pay more for a bike than the car, walk to your workspace and see naked people doing weird activities often. The whole city has an extreme left-liberal view and the most educated people in term of per capita education and PhDs.
The real estate value has boomed over the years (for many beyond they can afford). It's surprising how little a million dollars can buy, according to Bob Gordon of Boulder Real Estate News. The start up booms in the city coupled with higher income of the citizens and city's hard line stand against expansion and freeing new land resources, have resulted in dearer real estate price and living space scarcities. Many national retail chains - --or any monolithic competitor--have trouble finding good spaces to open in Boulder.
The naked people:
Looking for an opportunity to run naked with a fruit in your head or what about biking around naked? You have got the right place – Boulder. On Halloween, many Boulder residents participate in 'naked pumpkin run'. Every year Boulder hosts 'naked bike ride' – reason? Umm to protest over the use of fossil fuel of course. The Third Flatiron is an iconic climbing crag located just west of Boulder. At 1,400 feet, this rock formation is intimidating but show-offs have chosen to climb it on roller skates and yes – naked!
Weird annual festivals:
Do you fancy to be a mad cow or cannibal rabbits and stuff like that and run over land and water to win a competition? Umm pretty normal in Boulder. If naked pumpkin run and naked bike ride shocked you a bit, the annual competition of Kinetics Race will leave you mesmerized. If you want to participate, all you have to do is you or your team build a human powered vehicle which can go over land, water or any obstacle.
Every summer, Boulder residents hold a "Tube to Work Day," because why to walk when you can put on a suit and float down Boulder Creek in an inner tube
Best of America:
It has the highest number of per capita PhDs. Boulder is home to some of the best craft breweries in the country, including Left Hand Brewery, Oskar Blues, and Avery Brewing. It has the highest density of tech start-ups of any city in America. Boulder has fewer overweight people and more people who exercise than anywhere in the USA. It is one of 13-gold-level walk friendly community in America and more people walk to work in Boulder than anywhere in the USA.
The city itself:
Boulder is known for its diverse, eclectic populations – throw-back hippies, students at Naropa (a Buddhist-inspired liberal arts university,) yoga practitioners, IT geeks, extreme athletes, environmentalists, scientists, academics (home to University of Colorado) musicians, dancers, poets and foodies. Those funny-looking Crocs shoes, and the hit tv show "South Park" was created by two film students at the University of Colorado. It's so affluent, so collegiate, so pretty.
Yoga has literally taken over the city and it's jokingly said that – you will not get anyone without six packs (even 80 yrs old grandma) in Boulder. The art, museum scene is pretty decent. There is always something exciting happening, beer is mind blowing and Pearl street is a gem.
People with pets in Boulder don't 'own' them. They are 'Guardians' of the pets. There are more yoga instructors in Boulder than there are medical marijuana stores in Denver. You get 300 sunny days a year and you can't roll a boulder onto a public property in Boulder, Colorado.