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

data source: Stats America, takes data from US Census Bureau, ACS 5-yr est., year 2014
Population (2014 Est.) 5,280
H.S. Diploma ore More (% Adults 25+) 99%
Bachelor's Degree or More (% Adults 25+) 55.6%
Households 2,451
Total Housing Units 7,209
% Total Units Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 63%

Employment & Income


Labor Force 3,958
Unemployment Rate 6.4
Median Household Income (2014) $66,283
Median Family Income (2014) $95,446
Poverty Rate 8.3
Mean Travel Time to Work (minutes) 15.7

Population by Age

  Vail % of Total
Total 5,280 100%
Preschool (0-4) 43 0.8%
School Age (5-17) 415 7.9%
College Age (18-24) 557 10.5%
Young Adult (25-44) 2,132 40.4%
Adult (45-64) 1,494 28.3%
Older Adult (65+) 639 12.1%
Median Age 38  

Population by Race & Hispanic Origin

  Vail % of Total
Total Population all Races 5,280 100%
Am. Indian or Alaskan Native Alone 0 0
Asian Alone 40 0.8%
Black Alone 93 1.8%
Native Hawaiian / Other Pac. Isl Alone 0 0
White Alone 4,813 91.2%
Two or more races 114 2.2%
Hispanic or Latino    
Total Hispanic or Latino 254 4.8%
Mexican 254 4.8%
Cuban 0 0
Puerto Rican 0 0
Other 0 0

Educational Attainment

  Vail % of Total
Total Population 25 yrs and older 4,265 100%
Less than 9th grade 15 0.4%
9th to 12th grade, No diploma 22 0.5%
High School Graduate (includes equiv.) 719 16.9%
Some college, No degree 900 21.1%
Associates Degree 239 5.6%
Bachelor's Degree 1,711 40.1%
Graduate or Professional degree 659 15.5%

Households

  Vail % Total
Total Househiolds 2,451 100%
Family Households 887 36.2%
Married with Children 129 5.3%
Married without Children 511 20.8%
Single Parents 104 4.2%
Other 143 5.8%
Non-Family Households 1,564 63.8%
Living alone 1,070 43.7%
Average Household Size 2.1  
Average Family Household Size 2.8  

Housing Units

  Vail % of Total
Total Housing Units 7,209 100%
Owner Occupied 1,330 18.4%
Renter Occupied 1,121 15.6%
Vacant for Seasonal / Recreational Use 4,531 62.9%
1-Unit (attached or detatched) 1,198 16.6%
2-9 Units 635 8.8%
10-19 Units 347 4.8%
20 or more units 249 3.5%
Built Prior to 1940 18 0.2%

Labor Force

Total Labor Force 3,958
Employed 3,706
Unemployed 252
Unemployment Rate (2014) 6.4

Commuting to Work

  Vail % of Total
Workers 16 years and older 3,706 100%
Car, truck or van - drove alone 1,951 52.6%
Car, truck or van - carpooled 349 9.4%
Pubic transportation (includes taxi cabs) 676 18.2%
Walked 242 6.5%
Other means 97 2.6%
Worked at home 332 9.0%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 16  

Resident Occupations

  Vail % of Total
Employed civilian pop. 16 years and older 3,958 100%
Management, Professional, and related 1,452 36.7%
Service 1,116 28.2%
Sales and office 682 17.2%
Farming, fishing, forestry 0 0%
Construction, extraction, maintenance 301 7.6%
Production, transportation, material moving 155 3.9%
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Contact:

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