Aspen, CO
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Aspen is a somewhat small city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 7,359 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Aspen is the 64th largest community in Colorado.

Aspen home prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, but Aspen real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Aspen is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.10% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Aspen is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Aspen who work in management occupations (18.20%), sales jobs (15.06%), and office and administrative support (11.59%).

Of important note, Aspen is also a city of artists. Aspen has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Aspen’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.85% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Aspen is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.67 minutes getting to work every day.

Despite being a small city, Aspen has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Aspen, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Aspen is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 64.46% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Aspen in 2010 was $75,836, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $303,344 for a family of four. However, Aspen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Aspen is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Aspen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Aspen residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Aspen include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Aspen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Scandinavian languages.


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