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Steamboat Springs, CO
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Steamboat Springs is a somewhat small city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 13,224 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Steamboat Springs is the 44th largest community in Colorado.

Steamboat Springs home prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, but Steamboat Springs real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Steamboat Springs is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.19% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Steamboat Springs is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Steamboat Springs who work in management occupations (16.82%), food service (10.73%), and office and administrative support (10.64%).

Of important note, Steamboat Springs is also a city of artists. Steamboat Springs has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Steamboat Springs’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.63% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Steamboat Springs is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.15 minutes getting to work every day.

Even though Steamboat Springs is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Steamboat Springs is a pretty powerful place. 54.56% of the adults in Steamboat Springs have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Steamboat Springs in 2018 was $49,592, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $198,368 for a family of four. However, Steamboat Springs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Steamboat Springs is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Steamboat Springs home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Steamboat Springs residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Steamboat Springs include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Steamboat Springs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.


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