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The Town of Red Cliff is the oldest town in Eagle County. The town is made up of friendly people with a mountain frontier attitude. At 8,650 feet above sea level, Red Cliff boomed at the turn of the century as a mining town with saloons, a bank, sawmills and even an opera house. Today it is a quaint mountain community that continues to attract rugged individualists from business entrepreneurs to outdoor enthusiasts. Many residents and tourists alike enjoy mountain biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, rock climbing and hiking with fantastic wildflower viewing, all within and around Red Cliff. From Red Cliff you get close-up views and easy access to the Mount of the Holy Cross and the surrounding White River National Forest. Many tourists stop in as they drive their way down the Colorado Scenic Byway, Highway 24. You'll often see classic cars and motorcycles parked in front of Mango's Restaurant or the Green Bridge Inn. Red Cliff is 20 miles North of Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the U.S. and just 12 miles from the center of Vail, a world famous ski resort. The Town of Red Cliff is also accessible via Vail Pass off of I-70 and over Shrine Pass by car, dirt bike or four-wheeler in Summertime or cross-county skis and snowmobiles in the Winter.
data source: US Census, ACS 5-yr estimates, yr 2014

People and Housing

Population (2014 Est.) 268
High School Diploma or More (Pop. age 25+) 92.1%
Bachelor's Degree or More (Pop. age 25+) 25.7%
Households 92
Total Housing Units 116
Percent Total Housing Units Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 7.8%

Employment and Income

Labor Force 189
Unemployment Rate (2014) 1.6%
Median Household Income $68,750
Median Family Income $64,792
Poverty Rate 4.8%
Mean Travel time to work (minutes) 29.8

Population by Age

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Population 268 100%
Preschool (0 to 4) 17 6.3%
School Age (5 to 17) 32 11.9%
College Age (18 to 24) 17 6.3%
Young Adult (25 to 44) 108 40.3%
Adult (45 to 64) 74 27.6%
Older Adult (65+) 20 7.5%
Median Age 39.3  

Population by Race and Hispanic Origin

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Population 268 100%
American Indian or Alaskan Native alone 4 1.5%
Asian alone 0 0%
Black alone 0 0%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Isl. alone 0 0%
White alone 221 82.5%
Two or more race groups 13 4.9%
Hispanic or Latino    
Total Hispanic or Latino 128 47.8%
Mexican 66 24.6%
Cuban 0 0%
Puerto Rican 0 0%
Other 62 23.1%

Educational Attainment

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Population 25 years and older 202 100%
Less than 9th Grade 5 2.5%
9th to 12th, No diploma 11 5.4%
HS Graduate (incl. equiv) 75 37.1%
Some College, No degree 46 22.8%
Associate Degree 13 6.4%
Bachelor's Degree 49 24.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree 3 1.5%

Households

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Households 92 100%
Family Households 51 55.4%
Married with Children 17 18.5%
Married without Children 28 30.4%
Single Parents 0 0%
Other 6 6.5%
Non-family Households 41 44.6%
Living alone 24 26.1%
Average Household Size 2.9  
Average Family Household Size 3.4  

Housing Units

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Housing Units 116 100%
Owner Occupied 66 56.9%
Renter Occupied 26 22.4%
Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 9 7.8%
1-Unit 86 74.1%
2-9 Units 2 1.7%
10-19 Units 0 0%
20 plus Units 0 0%
Built Prior to 1940 47 40.5%

Labor Force

Total Labor Force (2014) 189
Employed 186
Unemployed 3
Unemployment Rate (2014) 1.6%

Commuting to Work

  Red Cliff % of Total
Workers age 16+ 186 100%
Car, truck or van- drove alone 133 71.5%
Car, truck or van - carpooled 35 18.8%
Public transportation 0 0%
Walked 5 2.7%
Other means 0 0%
Worked at home 9 4.8%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 30  

Resident Occupations

  Red Cliff % of Total
Employed civilian population age 16+ 189 100%
Management, professional, and related 28 14.8%
Service 48 25.4%
Sales and Office 48 25.4%
Farming, fishing and forestry 0 0%
Construction, extraction, and maintenance 41 21.7%
Production, transportation and material moving 21 11.1%

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