Gunnison is a somewhat small city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 6,076 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Gunnison is the 72nd largest community in Colorado.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gunnison is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gunnison is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gunnison who work in office and administrative support (13.43%), sales jobs (10.12%), and personal care services (9.68%).
Of important note, Gunnison is also a city of artists. Gunnison has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Gunnison’s character.
Gunnison is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Gunnison to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
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 14.81 minutes getting to work every day.
The education level of Gunnison citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.80% of adults in Gunnison have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Gunnison in 2010 was $17,067, which is low income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,268 for a family of four. Gunnison also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.70% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Gunnison home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gunnison residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Gunnison also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gunnison include Irish, English, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Gunnison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.