Paychecks in Boulder County jumped by about 18% in 2019, higher than 354 of the nation’s biggest counties. The region got an 18.5% spike in its average weekly wages during the third quarter of 2019, according to Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data.

The jump was likely due to to a tech boom, specifically C-Suite windfall from Pfizer’s blockbuster $11 billion acquisition of Array BioPharma.

“I’d say that is a very real underpinning in our Colorado metropolitan economy now is tech companies,” said economist Brian Lewandowski, who heads the Business Research Division at the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus.

“We’re seeing these Fortune 500 companies with some dimension of advanced technology in their work not only setting up shop here but growing here,” said Clif Harald, executive director of the Boulder Economic Council, the economic development wing of the region’s chamber of commerce.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.