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An Expat Talks about Living in Boulder, Colorado

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Boulder

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There are lots of sporting and outdoor recreation clubs. For an informal, fun group of people who organize outdoor sports outings, try CHAOS (Colorado Hiking and Outdoor Society). For more structured outdoor events, the Colorado Mountain Club has a very active Boulder section. The Boulder recreation department is very strong and there are three exceptional rec centers in town. These offer both drop in athletics and classes. Boulder residents are generally very friendly, so take a good attitude, get out of the house and you'll meet people.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

I have found that there is a fairly good range of economic diversity. Many people in town come for the high-tech jobs, while many are at the university. The town has struggled with adequate affordable housing and tends to attract higher income residents. The housing costs are very high, so this also skews the population to those with higher income. I think that the town is very accepting of religious, racial and cultural diversity. However, I would not say that it has actually acheived that diversity, particularly with respect to race.

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