It’s hard to stumble upon the Gunnison Valley. Most people seek it out in pursuit of outdoor adventure and a better quality of life. When they find it here, they work hard to keep it.

That’s why you’ll discover that the people of the Gunnison Valley are determined, hard-working smart and entrepreneurial.


Here are quick facts about people who live in the Gunnison Valley.

  • Population

    • The total population of the Gunnison Valley was 15,651 at the time of the last census.
    • Median Age: 34.3
    • Male: 54.2%, Female: 45.7%
  • Demographics


    • 97.8% of Valley Population are US Citizens
    • Most foreign-born nationals in the Gunnison Valley come from Mexico, Germany, and Canada.

    Race & Ethnicity

    • Caucasian (Non-Hispanic): 87.9%
    • Hispanic: 9%
    • Other Ethnicities/Multiracial: 3.1%
  • Educational Attainment

    Educated Population

    • High School Graduates: 79%
    • Bachelor’s Degree: 33%
  • Household

    The Gunnison Valley is made up of a total of 6,293 households. Average household size is 2.3. Median Household Income is $52,332.


The Unemployment Rate in the Gunnison Valley as of July 1, 2017 was 1.6%.

The total employed population was 9,016.

Age Range Percentage of Population
Age 29 or younger 28.2%
Age 30 to 54 52.1%
Age 55 and older 19.7%


Male Female
$43,751 $41,132

Gunnison Workforce Center

The Gunnison Workforce Center is part of a statewide network of workforce centers that provide a variety free services to assist employers and job seekers, including: job listings and career fairs; skill-building workshops and career counseling; and tax credits and training reimbursement.

Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University serves as a steady funnel of talent to the local workforce. The university works closely with local industry to organize internships and career fairs. Employers can post employment opportunities directly to Western’s job search site. Many programs also offer opportunities for businesses to work directly with a class or individual students on a project.

Chambers of Commerce Events for Business

The Chambers of Commerce serving businesses in Gunnison and Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte also host educational and networking events to help members and their employees develop professional skills, and to foster opportunities for collaboration.

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