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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

People and Housing (2016)

Population 246
High School Diploma or More (Pop. age 25+) 93.1%
Bachelor's Degree or More (Pop. age 25+) 24.3%
Households 83
Total Housing Units 111
Percent Total Housing Units Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 5.4%

Employment and Income (2016)

Labor Force 152
Unemployment Rate 0.0%
Median Household Income $72,813
Median Family Income $83,000
Poverty Rate 3.3%
Mean Travel time to work (minutes) 35.7

Population by Age (2016)

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Population 246 100%
Preschool (0 to 4) 32 13.0%
School Age (5 to 17) 37 15.0%
College Age (18 to 24) 4 1.6%
Young Adult (25 to 44) 85 34.8%
Adult (45 to 64) 73 29.7%
Older Adult (65+) 15 6.1%
Median Age 39.3  

Population by Race and Hispanic Origin (2016)

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Population 246 100%
American Indian or Alaskan Native alone 3 1.2%
Asian alone 0 0%
Black alone 0 0%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Isl. alone 0 0%
White alone 220 89.4%
Two or more race groups 16 6.5%
Hispanic or Latino    
Total Hispanic or Latino 115 46.7%
Mexican 81 32.9%
Cuban 0 0%
Puerto Rican 0 0%
Other 34 13.8%

Educational Attainment (2016)

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Population 25 years and older 173 100%
Less than 9th Grade 5 2.9%
9th to 12th, No diploma 7 4.0%
HS Graduate (incl. equiv) 61 35.3%
Some College, No degree 40 23.1%
Associate Degree 18 10.4%
Bachelor's Degree 36 20.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree 6 3.5%

Households (2016)

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Households 83 100%
Family Households 46 55.4%
Married with Children 25 30.1%
Married without Children 17 20.5%
Single Parents 0 0.0%
Other 4 4.8%
Non-family Households 37 44.6%
Living alone 29 34.9%
Average Household Size 2.9  
Average Family Household Size 4.2  

Housing Units (2016)

  Red Cliff % of Total
Total Housing Units 111 100%
Owner Occupied 58 52.3%
Renter Occupied 25 22.5%
Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 6 5.4%
1-Unit 72 64.9%
2-9 Units 6 5.4%
10-19 Units 0 0%
20 plus Units 0 0%
Built Prior to 1940 41 36.9%

Labor Force (2016)

Total Labor Force 152
Employed 152
Unemployed 0
Unemployment Rate 0%

Commuting to Work (2016)

  Red Cliff % of Total
Workers age 16+ 148 100%
Car, truck or van- drove alone 114 77%
Car, truck or van - carpooled 20 13.5%
Public transportation 0 0%
Walked 6 4.1%
Other means 0 0%
Worked at home 8 5.4%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 36  

Resident Occupations (2016)

  Red Cliff % of Total
Employed civilian population age 16+ 152 100%
Management, professional, and related 21 13.8%
Service 68 44.7%
Sales and Office 34 22.4%
Farming, fishing and forestry 0 0.0%
Construction, extraction, and maintenance 24 15.8%
Production, transportation and material moving 5 3.3%

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