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 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Even though Telluride is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding 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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