Demographics and Statistics
County Seat: Aspen
Aspen Zip Code: 81611
7,908 feet in town; 11,212 feet at the top of Aspen Mountain
(November to March) about 300 inches annual snowfall (but we always hope for more); daytime temperatures average 20-45 degrees, cooler at night. Surprisingly comfortable.
(June to September) very low humidity, daytime 65-85 degrees, a nearly perfect climate.
City of Aspen; 6,400. In peak weeks of ski season 14,000 and summer 21,000.
Aspen School District including charter Community School, private K-8 Aspen Country Day School plus many preschools. Graduation rate 98.9%; dropout rate: 1.1%
Aspen is 220 miles west of Denver via 1-70 and Hwy 82. Jet service (only 20 minutes in the air) from Denver International Airport; more than 150 flights arrive at local Sardy Field weekly. Direct service from cities (Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis); carriers and schedules vary each season.
Many other direct flight options out of Eagle airport (about a 90-minute drive, all of it on 4-lane highway with no mountain passes). Public bus system with free shuttles to the four ski mountains. Of course, taxi, car rental, limo, and air charter service available. Updated facility for private general aviation.
City of Aspen. County of Pitkin. Center of Passionate Debate (about everything).
Four ski areas, one municipal golf course, private Maroon Creek Club golf course, health clubs, community parks, recreation center and pool, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, rollerblading, kayaking, parasailing, fly fishing, four-wheeling, National Forest and wilderness in your backyard. Home to a wealth of cultural events including literary, jazz, wine and food festivals, dance, theater; and the summer-long Aspen Music Festival.
Highway 82 is the only major roadway in Pitkin County leading into and out of Aspen via I 70 at Glenwood Springs to the north and over 12,000-foot Independence Pass to the south. Public transportation is easy to use throughout the valley. The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, with over 40,000 take-offs and landings annually, is the 3rd busiest in the state, behind Denver and Colorado Springs.
Pitkin County is best known for its four world-class ski resorts: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.
Tourism is the mainstay of the local economy with arts, cultural and recreational events providing a year-round attraction. The area is also rich in mining and ranching history. Pitkin County Open Space and Trails protects and maintains nearly 9,000 acres of the county’s most coveted undeveloped property and ranchland.
Population/City of Aspen: 5,914
Hispanic/Latino of Any Race: 363
Puerto Rican: 5
Other Hispanic: 101
Asian Indian: 2
Other Asian: 3
More Than One Race: 71
Median Age/City of Aspen: 36.7
Population/Pitkin County: 14,872
Hispanic/Latino of Any Race: 973
Puerto Rican: 18
Other Hispanic: 289
Asian Indian: 10
Other Asian: 17
More Than One Race: 199
Median Age/Pitkin County: 38.4
*Aspen Board of Realtors