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Average Rent in Boulder & Rent Price Trends

By: Kimi Kaneshina, Rob Warnock, and Justin Chaplin
October 5, 2021

Considering a move to Boulder? Before you start apartment hunting, learn about the local rental market. Make sure you know the average rent in Boulder to get your budget started!

Average Rent in Boulder

Note: The data provided reflects our available units on Apartment List. For data that reflects the entire market, we recommend you visit our Rent Report, which is created based on our holistic methodology. You can also download the raw data containing rent estimates for hundreds of cities across the country.

Boulder rents have increased by 0.32% compared to last month, and are up by 11.26% compared to last year.

  • 0% of apartments in Boulder cost less than $1,000 per month.
  • 11% of apartments in Boulder cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
  • 62% of apartments in Boulder cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
  • 27% of apartments in Boulder cost over $3,000 per month.

  • 10% of apartments in Boulder are studio apartments.
  • 47% of apartments in Boulder are 1-bedroom apartments.
  • 26% of apartments in Boulder are 2-bedroom apartments.
  • 17% of apartments in Boulder are 3-bedroom apartments.

What Salary Do You Need to Live in Boulder?

Using the 30% rule, we can give a rough estimate of the salary needed to rent an apartment in Boulder. If these numbers look high, remember that a roommate or two can drastically cut down your monthly rent!

  • If you are renting an average priced studio apartment in Boulder, your annual salary should be around $72,324 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in Boulder, your annual salary should be around $88,236 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in Boulder, your annual salary should be around $104,544 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 3-bedroom apartment in Boulder, your annual salary should be around $155,232 or higher.

If you're considering renting in Boulder, be sure to learn more about the cost of living in Boulder. Then, compare it with the cost of living in Colorado Springs and cost of living in Denver.

Having trouble deciding how much rent you can afford? Try using a rent calculator.

Ready to make the move to Boulder? Start apartment hunting in Boulder with our quiz!

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AUTHOR
Kimi is a Content Associate and contributing author at Apartment List, helping renters find a new place to call home. Kimi earned her BA in Organizational Studies, Economics from Scripps College. Read More
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rob is a senior research associate at Apartment List, where he examines trends in the housing and rental markets. Previously he worked in public health policy, and before that, graduated from UCLA with a degree in Globalization. Read More
AUTHOR
Justin is a Content Manager and contributing author at Apartment List, helping people navigate the world of renting. Justin previously spent his time earning his BBA in Marketing from Boise State University. Read More
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