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Boulder's Priciest Homes Aren't Always Near the Best Schools, Data Shows

Locals know that Boulder housing prices are sky high.

That's why so many people who work within the city limits live outside them.

But a common assumption about the community — that the pricier the neighborhood, the better the schools in them — doesn't always prove to be the case.

That's the conclusion of the folks at FindTheBest.com — and they've got heat maps aplenty to back up this assertion.


Here, for example, is one that compares public-school ratings with housing prices. As you can see, the 80301 zip code, which sports a median house price of just over $383,000, sports the best school ranking — considerably better than then 80304 zip, where houses cost nearly twice as much.
Boulder Metro Public School Ratings vs. Home Prices | FindTheHome
Below, find additional heat maps for each zip code in the Boulder area, complete with facts and figures about schools, income, education and FindTheBest's "Bang for Your Buck" figures.

And in Boulder, a lot of bucks are at stake. Check out the maps below — and click on them for more information.
80301 | FindTheHome 80301 Public School Rating: 70/100 Median Sale Price: $383,750 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 5.56% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 88.58/100 80540 | FindTheHome 80540 Public School Rating: 82/100 Median Sale Price: $360,000 Education "Bang For Your Buck": 87.86/100 80503 | FindTheHome 80503 Public School Rating: 83/100 Median Sale Price: $415,000 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 5.86% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 85.58/100 80466 | FindTheHome 80466 Public School Rating: 78/100 Median Sale Price: $220,000 Education "Bang For Your Buck": 85.51/100 80027 | FindTheHome 80027 Public School Rating: 88/100 Median Sale Price: $485,000 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 5.36% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 85.13/100 80305 | FindTheHome 80305 Public School Rating: 88/100 Median Sale Price: $542,550 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 5.47% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 84.09/100 80303 | FindTheHome 80303 Public School Rating: 74/100 Median Sale Price: $338,000 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 5.37% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 82.74/100 80302 | FindTheHome 80302 Public School Rating: 76/100 Median Sale Price: $550,000 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 5.60% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 62.63/100 80026 | FindTheHome 80026 Public School Rating: 57/100 Median Sale Price: $370,338 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 5.06% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 60.57/100 80304 | FindTheHome 80304 Public School Rating: 72/100 Median Sale Price: $722,500 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 5.84% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 57.28/100 80501 | FindTheHome 80501 Public School Rating: 54/100 Median Sale Price: $250,000 1-Year Home Price Forecast: 3.55% Education "Bang For Your Buck": 44.56/100 80455 | FindTheHome 80310 | FindTheHome 80481 | FindTheHome 80510 | FindTheHome 80025 | FindTheHome 80544 | FindTheHome 80471 | FindTheHome
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