Vail, CO
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Living in Vail


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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Vail’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

One of the benefits of Vail is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.68 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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. 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/Yiddish.



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