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Who lives and works here?

Learn more about the workforce and demographics of the Gunnison Valley. From seasonal workers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, families and more, there is a wide variety of people who make Gunnison and Crested Butte their home.


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

Workforce Resources

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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