Vail, CO
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Vail is a somewhat small town located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 5,461 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Vail is the 77th largest community in Colorado.

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

Vail is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.63% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Vail is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Vail who work in food service (20.51%), sales jobs (9.67%), and healthcare (9.61%).

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

Also of interest is that Vail has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.35% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 Vail 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Vail spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.92 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

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

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Vail. 60.24% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Vail in 2010 was $54,760, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $219,040 for a family of four. However, Vail contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Vail home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Vail residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Vail include Irish, Italian, German, and Norwegian.

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

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