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 blue-collar town, with 0.00% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Aspen is a city of sales and office workers, transportation and shipping workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Aspen who work in office and administrative support (0.00%), sales jobs (0.00%), and personal care services (0.00%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.10% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.
One of the benefits of Aspen is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.16 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Even though Aspen is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
If knowledge is power, Aspen is a pretty powerful place. 62.97% of the adults in Aspen have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Aspen in 2010 was $90,389, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $361,556 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.