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.

A relatively large number of people in Vail telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.35% 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 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 14.92 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.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Vail, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Vail is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 60.24% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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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