Vail, CO
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Vail is a somewhat small town located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 5,483 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 89.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Vail is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Vail who work in food service (24.11%), sales jobs (12.00%), and management occupations (9.77%).

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.

Another notable thing is that Vail 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.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.68 minutes getting to work every day.

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

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Vail. 59.10% 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 $45,764, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $183,056 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 German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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

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