Since its incorporation in 1966, Vail has earned the distinction as one of the leading mountain resort communities in North America. With more open space than any other community of its kind, free transit and other environmentally-sensitive services, plus an abundance of recreational, cultural and educational opportunities, Vail has become not only a great place to visit, but an even better place to live.  On the heels of its success as a resort, Vail has evolved into an appealing recreation-friendly alpine community now comprised of nearly 5,000 full-time residents and an estimated 5,000 part-time residents. Together, Vail is considered to be a leader in its resort-community qualities and best practices.

Examples include:
  • Largest free transit system in the nation.
  • First modern roundabout interchange in the nation.
  • More open space (30 percent of its lands) than any other resort community in the U.S.
  • Home to Gore Creek, one of only 11 Gold Medal fishing streams in the state.
  • 4 percent ski lift tax is the first of its kind in the country and represents the highest contribution level by a ski resort to its municipal partner in the state and perhaps the nation. The funds assist in the operation of Vail’s free transit system.
  • First to host three World Alpine Ski Championships in the U.S. (1989,1999, 2015).
  • First venue for New York Philharmonic summer residency outside the state of New York.
  • Recognized as a resort leader in redevelopment initiatives of $1.5 billion in public-private investments from 2004 to 2008, representing more than 50 percent of property in the core areas of Vail Village and Lionshead.
  • Ranked as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists with 15 miles of recreation paths from East Vail to West Vail and hiking and biking trails on Vail Mountain.
  • Host to Vail Lacrosse Shootout and King of the Mountain Volleyball events for over 40 years.
  • New home to Burton US Open Snowboard Championship since 2013.
  • Most connected resort in North America with the most technologically advanced outdoor LTE cellular system in the country.

People & Housing (2016)

data source: Stats America, takes data from US Census Bureau, ACS 5-yr est.
Population 5,363
H.S. Diploma ore More (% Adults 25+) 99.1%
Bachelor's Degree or More (% Adults 25+) 59.1%
Households 2,279
Total Housing Units 7,297
% Total Units Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 64.9%

Employment & Income (2016)


Labor Force 3,852
Unemployment Rate 1.4
Median Household Income $73,125
Median Family Income $95,278
Poverty Rate 6.0
Mean Travel Time to Work (minutes) 12.2

Population by Age (2016)

  Vail % of Total
Total 5,360 100%
Preschool (0-4) 86 1.6%
School Age (5-17) 593 11.1%
College Age (18-24) 503 9.4%
Young Adult (25-44) 1,970 36.7%
Adult (45-64) 1,528 28.5%
Older Adult (65+) 683 12.7%
Median Age 39  

Population by Race & Hispanic Origin (2016)

  Vail % of Total
Total Population all Races 5,363 100%
Am. Indian or Alaskan Native Alone 0 0
Asian Alone 54 1.0%
Black Alone 71 1.3%
Native Hawaiian / Other Pac. Isl Alone 0 0
White Alone 5,082 94.8%
Two or more races 138 2.6%
Hispanic or Latino    
Total Hispanic or Latino 293 5.5%
Mexican 172 3.2%
Cuban 0 0
Puerto Rican 0 0
Other 121 2.3%

Educational Attainment (2016)

  Vail % of Total
Total Population 25 yrs and older 4,181 100%
Less than 9th grade 10 0.2%
9th to 12th grade, No diploma 28 0.7%
High School Graduate (includes equiv.) 381 9.1%
Some college, No degree 851 20.4%
Associates Degree 440 10.5%
Bachelor's Degree 1,798 43.0%
Graduate or Professional degree 673 16.1%

Households (2016)

  Vail % Total
Total Households 2,279 100%
Family Households 1,044 45.8%
Married with Children 255 11.2%
Married without Children 620 27.2%
Single Parents 99 4.3%
Other 70 3.1%
Non-Family Households 1,235 54.2%
Living alone 833 36.6%
Average Household Size 2.3  
Average Family Household Size 2.9  

Housing Units (2016)

  Vail % of Total
Total Housing Units 7,297 100%
Owner Occupied 1,431 19.6%
Renter Occupied 848 11.6%
Vacant for Seasonal / Recreational Use 4,739 64.9%
1-Unit (attached or detatched) 1,153 15.8%
2-9 Units 543 7.4%
10-19 Units 282 3.9%
20 or more units 290 4.0%
Built Prior to 1940 0 0.0%

Labor Force (2016)

Total Labor Force 3,852
Employed 3,799
Unemployed 53
Unemployment Rate 1.4

Commuting to Work (2016)

  Vail % of Total
Workers 16 years and older 3,723 100%
Car, truck or van - drove alone 2,424 65.1%
Car, truck or van - carpooled 298 8.0%
Pubic transportation (includes taxi cabs) 480 12.9%
Walked 150 4.0%
Other means 112 3.0%
Worked at home 259 7.0%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 12  

Resident Occupations (2016)

  Vail % of Total
Employed civilian pop. 16 years and older 3,799 100%
Management, Professional, and related 1,244 32.7%
Service 1,342 35.3%
Sales and office 806 21.2%
Farming, fishing, forestry 0 0%
Construction, extraction, maintenance 206 5.4%
Production, transportation, material moving 201 5.3%
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Contact:

Kelli McDonald
Economic Development Manager
Town of Vail
970.479.2454
kmdonald@vailgov.com