Basalt, CO
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Basalt is a very small town located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 3,891 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Basalt is the 94th largest community in Colorado.

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

Basalt is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Basalt is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Basalt who work in sales jobs (12.66%), management occupations (11.51%), and art, media, and design (9.27%).

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

Also of interest is that Basalt has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.88% 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.

Even though Basalt is a smaller town, 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Basalt, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Basalt is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.06% 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 Basalt in 2010 was $42,894, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $171,576 for a family of four.

Basalt is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Basalt home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Basalt residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Basalt also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.75% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Basalt include German, Irish, Scottish, and Italian.

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

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