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.
Gunnison is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 sales jobs (15.71%), food service (10.88%), and personal care services (9.60%).
Gunnison is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Gunnison to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Gunnison spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.77 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The citizens of Gunnison are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.90% of adults in Gunnison have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Gunnison in 2010 was $16,854, which is low income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,416 for a family of four. Gunnison also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.01% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Gunnison is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-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 18.44% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gunnison include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Gunnison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.