Telluride, CO
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Telluride is a very small town located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 2,399 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Telluride is the 118th largest community in Colorado.

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

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Telluride is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Telluride is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Telluride who work in sales jobs (19.11%), management occupations (14.04%), and food service (12.79%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Telluride telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.90% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 Telluride is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town 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 town.

In addition, Telluride is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Despite being a small town, Telluride has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Telluride, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Telluride is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.99% 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 Telluride in 2010 was $39,817, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $159,268 for a family of four. However, Telluride contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Telluride is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Telluride home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Telluride residents report their race to be White. Telluride also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.28% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Telluride include German, English, French , and Italian.

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

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