Aspen is a somewhat small city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 7,401 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Aspen is the 64th largest community in Colorado.
Aspen home prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, but Aspen real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Aspen is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Aspen is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Aspen who work in management occupations (18.04%), sales jobs (16.76%), and office and administrative support (7.37%).
Of important note, Aspen is also a city of artists. Aspen has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Aspen’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.65% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 Aspen is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city 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 city.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Aspen spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.70 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Despite being a small city, Aspen 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.
If knowledge is power, Aspen is a pretty powerful place. 66.34% of the adults in Aspen 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 Aspen in 2018 was $66,554, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $266,216 for a family of four. However, Aspen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Aspen is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Aspen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Aspen residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Aspen include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Aspen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.