Crested Butte is a very small town located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 1,541 people and just one neighborhood, Crested Butte is the 135th largest community in Colorado.
Real Estate Prices
Crested Butte home prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, but Crested Butte real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Crested Butte is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Crested Butte is a town of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Crested Butte who work in management occupations (14.11%), sales jobs (13.32%) and food service (12.08%).
Of important note, Crested Butte is also a town of artists. Crested Butte has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Crested Butte’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Crested Butte is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Crested Butte’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Crested Butte spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.17 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Despite being a small town, Crested Butte 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.