Our local economy is booming, but our lower- and middle-class residents can no longer afford to live here. You could argue that almost all of our struggles flow downhill from the high cost of housing.
Boulder County’s Latino poverty rate exceeds the national average, and local Latino children are five times more likely to live in poverty than Anglo children. Single mother households in Boulder County are much more likely to live in poverty than married couple households.
While housing costs remain high throughout Boulder County, median incomes have grown faster than that of housing costs.
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We have a thick glass ceiling. On average, Boulder county women with Bachelor’s and Graduate degrees earn less money than men of equal education, and they earn less than their female counterparts nationally. On the other hand, men with advanced degrees earn more here than their male counterparts nationally.
With legalization, retail marijuana generates large amounts of tax revenue for the state of Colorado, as retail is taxed at a higher rate than medical marijuana. This tax revenue brings much needed funds to the state to be spent on substance prevention and education programs in schools. Denver, Arapahoe, and Boulder counties account for bulk of marijuana sold in Colorado.
While marijuana legalization exists throughout the entire state of Colorado, local licensing laws and regulations have restricted the proliferation of marijuana businesses in many towns and counties. The City of Boulder is home to most of Boulder County's medical and recreational marijuana industry.