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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 14.90% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

In addition, Telluride is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

In Telluride, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Telluride is a relatively small town. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Telluride is a pretty powerful place. 61.99% of the adults in Telluride have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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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