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Comparative data on communities around the country, including information on income, crime, schools, and cost of living, can be found on a variety of sites, including Sperling’s Best Places, City-Data and Relocation Essentials. You can use these sites to compare the various Boulder County communities or to compare Boulder County communities to communities elsewhere in the country that you are more familiar with. If you really want to get serious, go to the federal government source for most of this data at FedStats. This site contains data on almost anything. For information on the state of Colorado and on the cities and counties near Boulder County, the State of Colorado site is a rich source of information. Among a vast array of other information, this site provides a list of links to the official sites of Colorado Cities and Towns and Colorado Counties. To get a feel for the issues that are currently facing the state as a whole, or specific communities, I would also recommend the sites of the following publications.   Denver Post — statewide coverage and distribution Rocky Mountain News — statewide coverage and distribution Denver Business Journal — statewide coverage WestWord — alternative weekly with statewide coverage For general information the Boulder County area and on Boulder County communities, I would strongly recommend the following: Boulder Community Network -- This site is THE source for links to information on Boulder County. Whether you want links to information about business and employment, education and youth, seniors and transportation, or community events and entertainment, you’ll find more than you can follow up on here. Boulder Area Realtor Association -- For many years, Ken Hotard has been following issues related to real estate, including schools, economics and politics, for our Realtor association. He is sharp, knowledgeable and thoughtful, and widely respected inside and outside the Realtor community. For monthly summaries of area news from a real estate perspective, there is no better source. And Ken has archived 5 years of his summaries, so if you want to follow what’s been happening in your target community, this is THE place to go. BizWest -- A great source of information on news of local companies, the general economic environment in the area, as well as both commercial and residential real estate news. ePODUNK provides a wealth of basic information on communities around the country, including basic census data, tax rates, and school and government links. For information on the history of Boulder County, its schools and communities, you can search the holdings of the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History online. You might also want to check out historian Silvia Pettem’s web site for a list of books on Boulder County history.