Eagle County Economic Overview
Eagle County covers approximately 1,700 square miles of mountainous terrain in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado. 2010 census data indicates a total population of 52,197, which is up 25% from the 2000 census. Our county is comprised of 15 communities that range in population from 15 to 10,266. Vail Valley Economic Development primarily focuses on its efforts on the communities that lie within the Vail Valley trade area, located along the I-70 corridor, from Dotsero to Vail. El Jebel and Basalt are also major Eagle County population centers, but they are geographically disconnected from much of the rest of the county and are more heavily influenced by economic activities in the Roaring Fork Valley trade area.
Economically, Eagle County is deeply rooted in the resort industry and tourism. Employment is heavily centered in the accommodation and food services; arts, entertainment and recreation; construction; and retail trade sectors. However, a wide-variety of job sectors are well represented in the county, including health care and social services; and real estate, finance, and insurance. Almost half (48%) of Eagle County residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is substantially higher than state (37%) or national (29%) rates. The median household income in Eagle County is $71,030 and monthly unemployment rates have been about 5% or less for over the past 12 months. Retail sales in 2014 exceeded $2.3 billion and the top employers include Vail Resorts, Eagle County Schools, Vail Valley Medical Center, Eagle County Government, WalMart, the Town of Vail and various resort hotels.