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  1. Lamn Goo September 20, 2010

    Good stuff. I knew Denver was
    Good stuff. I knew Denver was waspy but it’s even worse than I would have guessed.

    rb

  2. Anonymous September 20, 2010

    I can’t imagine how much red
    I can’t imagine how much red Boulder would contain.

  3. Recone Helmut September 20, 2010

    As counter-intuitive as this
    As counter-intuitive as this may seem, it’s my experience (working there for a year) that Boulder is more ethnically diverse than anywhere else I’ve visited in Colorado. The college bringing students and professors from all over the world gives it a micro-cosmopolitan feel when it comes to the population. Now, if they weren’t all self entitled, know-it-all, wealthy bores, we might have something.

  4. Anonymous September 20, 2010

    Disagree. Maybe on parts of
    Disagree. Maybe on parts of the campus, but the city as a whole is whiter than a 60 watt light bulb.

    That’s one beef I’ve always had with Boulder. There are little to no ethnic neighborhoods, communities, churches or points of heritage in that city. It’s just always been a place where rich, privileged white people have settled for the pretty views and proximity to the mountains. Don’t get me wrong, it does exist to an extent, but as a whole, the claim that Boulder is diverse is an incredibly underwhelming statement.

    The stats say it best:
    The racial makeup of the city is 88.33% White, 1.22% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 4.02% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.50% from other races, and 2.40% from two or more races. 8.9% of the population are Hispanic or Latino/Latina of any race.

    Denver, on the other hand, is a minority city (50% white, 50% other races http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver#Demographics) and offers the feel of a larger and more diverse metropolitan city. Go to a place like Park Hill, SW Denver, West Denver, South Federal, East Colfax, West Colfax or Aurora to see it for yourself.

  5. Anonymous September 21, 2010

    You see a lot of white people
    You see a lot of white people who are ‘sensitive to other cultures’ here in Boulder, but when it comes to real diversity it’s pretty embarrassing.

    Especially since we tend to keep all our ‘diversity’ (both racial and economic) is pushed to the cheaper neighborhoods up north and east. Our main homeless shelter is about as far north as you can go in Boulder.

    … but it sure is a fun place to live.

  6. Anonymous September 21, 2010

    I am a student who study’s
    I am a student who study’s demographics. I also live in the Denver area.

    One thing to note about this graphic is that it contains the entire Denver metro area. Only the central portion is within the city limits of Denver, where, coincidentally, most of the “color” is found.

    Denver, like the poster said above, is a minority city, whereas the surrounding suburbs and Boulder metro area are made mostly of white people. In fact, Denver is known for it’s diversity, but the metro area isn’t, which is much different than similar sized cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, or even Minneapolis. Just wanted to point that out.

  7. Recone Helmut September 21, 2010

    The stats don’t count the
    The stats don’t count the students – of which there are 30,000. In boulder, that’s a huge influence – and they’re not all white.

    I’ll put it this way, Boulder is the only place in Colorado where I’ve overheard conversations in languages other than English and Spanish. Subjective and anecdotal maybe, but Boulder has always felt more ethnically rich to me.

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