The City of Aspen, a picturesque community nestled in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, is a ski resort town and year-round destination for outdoor recreation. It's also known for high-end restaurants and boutiques, and landmarks like the Wheeler Opera House, built in 1889 during the area’s silver mining boom. The City of Aspen is the region's largest city, with a year-round population of 7,099 (2015 Est.)

data source: Stats America (US Census, ACS 5-yr est.

People and Housing (2016)

Population Estimate (2014) 6,788
High School Diploma (% adults age 25+) 96.4%
Bachelor's Degree or More (% adults age 25+) 64.5%
Households 3,195
Total Housing Units 5,855
% Total Units Vacant for Seasonal or Recreational Use 33.2%

Employment and Income (2016)

Labor Force (2014) 4,517
Unemployment Rate 6.2
Median Household Income $67,776
Median Family Income $95,405
Poverty Rate 8.3%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 16.3

Population by Age (2016)

  Aspen % of Total
Total 6,788 100%
Preschool (0-4) 145 2.1%
School Age (5-17) 793 11.7%
College Age (18-24) 344 5.1%
Young Adult (25-44) 2,345 34.5%
Adult (45-64) 1,916 28.2%
Older Adult (65+) 1,245 18.3%
Median Age 42.8  

Population by Race and Hispanic Origin (2016)

  Aspen % of Total
Total 6,788 100%
American Indian or Alaskan Native alone 32 0.5%
Asian alone 200 2.9%
Black alone 196 2.9%
Native hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. alone 0 0%
Whie alone 6,130 90.3%
Two or more races 68 1.0%
Hispanic or Latino    
Total Hispanic or Latino 555 8.2%
Mexican 131 1.9%
Cuban 25 0.4%
Pueurto Rican 36 0.5%
Other 363 5.3%

Educational Attainment (2016)

  Aspen % of Total
Total Population age 25+ 5,506 100%
Less than 9th Grade 68 1.2%
9th to 12th, no diploma 132 2.4%
High School Graduate (incl. equiv) 535 9.7%
Some College, no degree 881 16.0%
Associate Degree 341 6.2%
Bachelor's Degree 2,384 43.3%
Graduate of Professional Degree 1,165 21.2%

Households (2016)

  Aspen % of Total
Total Households 3,195 100%
Family Households 1,356 42.4%
Married with Children 259 8.1%
Married without Children 728 22.8%
Single Parents 199 6.2%
Other 170 5.3%
Non-family Households 1,839 57.6%
Living alone 1,370 42.9%
Average Household Size 2.1  
Average Family Household Size 2.8  

Housing Units (2016)

  Aspen % of Total
Total Housing Units 5,855 100%
Owner occupied 1,865 31.9%
Renter occupied 1,330 22.7%
Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 1,941 33.2%
1-Unit (attached or detached) 1,237 21.1%
2-9 Units 770 13.2%
10-19 Units 440 7.5%
20 or more Units 617 10.5%
Built prior to 1940 361 6.2%

Labor Force (2016)

Total Labor Force (2014) 4,517
Employed 4,236
Unemployed 281
Unemployment Rate (2014) 6.2%

Commuting to Work (2016)

  Aspen % of Total
Workers 16 yrs and older 4,077 100%
Car, truck or van - drove alone 1,118 27.4%
Car, truck or van - carpooled 298 7.3%
Public transportation 770 18.9%
Walked 743 18.2%
Other means 624 15.3%
Worked at home 524 12.9%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 16  

Resident Occupations (2016)

  Aspen % of Total
Employed civilian population 16 yrs + 4,236 100%
Management, professional and related 1,880 44.4%
Service 977 23.1%
Sales and Office 1,129 26.7%
Farming, fishing and forestry 16 0.4%
Construction, extraction and maintenance 90 2.1%
Production, transportation and material moving 144 3.4%



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