Concurrently, in Boulder, the comprehensive plan that establishes land use decisions takes into account the need to protect the natural environment of the Boulder Valley “while fostering a livable, vibrant and sustainable community” (BCP 1).
The number of households in Denver was 2,39,235 in the year 2000, a higher population level as compared to Boulder with only 39,596 households in the same year. The area average or median income per person recorded in 2009 was less for Denver, in relation to Boulder. Similarly, the average monthly rent for both one-bedroom as well as two-bedroom accommodations were found to be slightly less in the case of Denver, though the rental rates in both cities are high, with the minimum being $725 for one-bedroom accommodations in Denver as compared to $ 825 in Boulder, and Denver’s two-bedroom accommodation rated at $ 995, as compared to Boulder’s $ 1, 295 (Zilpy, 2009). Similarly, Denver’s average home value is placed at $ 213, 300, while Boulder’s is comparatively higher at $ 3, 17, 900 (Zillow, 2008).
Thus, it is evident Boulder with its much smaller population, has higher house rental and purchase values, as well as greater per capita income as compared to Denver. Both cities in Colorado, though less expensive than those in some other states such as California, need to develop more affordable housing with lower housing purchase rates, and reduced house rental rates for both lower-income citizens and college students.
Denver’s comprehensive plan goal strives to ensure that the limited supply of land with the potential for development should include housing opportunities for all incomes, with a specific focus on increased availability of low and moderate-income housing. (Denvergov.org, 2009). Similarly, Boulder also has limited land for residential development but promotes inclusive housing to reduce social conflict by decreasing segregation and inequality. .