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. yr 2014)

People and Housing

Population Estimate (2014) 6,700
High School Diploma (% adults age 25+) 96.2%
Bachelor's Degree or More (% adults age 25+) 62.6%
Households 3,149
Total Housing Units 6,039
% Total Units Vacant for Seasonal or Recreational Use 31.7%

Employment and Income

Labor Force (2014) 4,336
Unemployment Rate 6.8
Median Household Income $66,635
Median Family Income $97,442
Poverty Rate 7%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 13.5

Population by Age

  Aspen % of Total
Total 6,700 100%
Preschool (0-4) 219 3.3%
School Age (5-17) 625 9.3%
College Age (18-24) 240 3.6%
Young Adult (25-44) 2,348 35%
Adult (45-64) 2,057 30.7%
Older Adult (65+) 1,211 18.1%
Median Age 44.3  

Population by Race and Hispanic Origin

  Aspen % of Total
Total 6,700 100%
American Indian or Alaskan Native alone 47 0.7%
Asian alone 163 2.4%
Black alone 290 4.3%
Native hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. alone 0 0%
Whie alone 6,096 91%
Two or more races 104 1.6%
Hispanic or Latino    
Total Hispanic or Latino 555 8.3%
Mexican 159 2.4%
Cuban 0 0%
Pueurto Rican 118 1.8%
Other 278 4.1%

Educational Attainment

  Aspen % of Total
Total Population age 25+ 5,616 100%
Less than 9th Grade 37 0.7%
9th to 12th, no diploma 174 3.1%
High School Graduate (incl. equiv) 441 7.9%
Some College, no degree 1,085 19.3%
Associate Degree 364 6.5%
Bachelor's Degree 2,485 44.2%
Graduate of Professional Degree 1,030 18.3%

Households

  Aspen % of Total
Total Households 3,149 100%
Family Households 1,200 38.1%
Married with Children 264 8.4%
Married without Children 718 22.8%
Single Parents 84 2.7%
Other 134 4.3%
Non-family Households 1,949 61.9%
Living alone 1,480 47%
Average Household Size 2.1  
Average Family Household Size 3  

Housing Units

  Aspen % of Total
Total Housing Units 6,039 100%
Owner occupied 1,981 32.8%
Renter occupied 1,168 19.3%
Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 1,915 31.7%
1-Unit (attached or detached) 1,224 20.3%
2-9 Units 824 13.6%
10-19 Units 339 5.6%
20 or more Units 673 11.1%
Built prior to 1940 268 4.4%

Labor Force

Total Labor Force (2014) 4,336
Employed 4,043
Unemployed 293
Unemployment Rate (2014) 6.8%

Commuting to Work

  Aspen % of Total
Workers 16 yrs and older 4,043 100%
Car, truck or van - drove alone 1,026 25.4%
Car, truck or van - carpooled 368 9.1%
Public transportation 784 19.4%
Walked 908 22.5%
Other means 411 10.2%
Worked at home 426 10.5%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 14  

Resident Occupations

  Aspen % of Total
Employed civilian population 16 yrs + 4,336 100%
Management, professional and related 1,464 33.8%
Service 986 22.7%
Sales and Office 1,317 30.4%
Farming, fishing and forestry 10 0.2%
Construction, extraction and maintenance 152 3.5%
Production, transportation and material moving 114 2.6%



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