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Like all the cities of the north part of the metro area, Superior’s history is one of coal mining. The town itself was founded in 1896 and incorporated in 1904. The town was reportedly named for the “superior” quality of the coal that was being found in the area. Coal was the driving force behind the growth in the area up to 1945 when the Industrial Mine closed. Many people moved out of the area and town started it’s transition to a smaller farming and ranching community. Today, Superior is in Boulder County, has a population of just under 13,000 residents and encompasses 4 square miles. The town boasts about 600 acres of parks and open space that includes almost 30 miles of trails, 13 playgrounds, 2 outdoor pools, one skate park and multiple locations with fields for a variety of sports. Approximately 25% of the town is dedicated to the preservation of open space. The town is known as the “Gateway to Boulder Valley” for its spectacular views of the Flatirons and Rocky Mountains. The town is located just 5 minutes from Boulder and 30 minutes from Denver, providing its residents easy access to a wide variety of shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. Downtown Superior is the gem of this small town. This 156-acre development is a blend of residential home styles, flexible workspace, retail, dining and entertainment venues and open space for hiking, biking and other recreational activities. This development has over 1400 residential units. As are all areas of Boulder County, Superior’s home values are on the higher end of the metro area. The median home price for homes that closed in 2021 was $775,000, up 24.5% year-over-year. The number of homes closing at or above $1 million jumped from about 7% in 2020 to just over 21% in 2021. Learn more about Superior here.

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