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Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Aspen is approximately 5,914 (2005), 6658 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 4,354 (2000), 3516 (2010).
The amount of land area in Aspen is 9.1 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Aspen is 3.5 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Aspen to Washington DC is 1691 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 117 miles. (as the crow flies)
Aspen is positioned 39.19 degrees north of the equator and 106.82 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Aspen elevation is (at city's base) 7,908 feet above sea level.
Aspen median income is $ 53,750 (2000).
The Aspen median home price is $ 1,000,001 (2000).
Aspen average annual precipitation is 23.3 inches peryear.
Aspen average annual snowfall is 31.4 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 20.7 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 37.9 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 61.7 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 43.4 degrees F.


in west-central Colorado about 120 miles from Boulder and about 133 miles from Denver. Other nearby communities include Snowmass Village, Basalt, Mount Crested Butte, El Jebel, Crested Butte, Marble, Carbondale, Eagle and Gypsum.
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typical of high altitudes with low humidity and bright sunshine. Summers are warm up to about 90 degrees with frequent afternoon showers. The evenings can go as low as 50 degrees. Winter temperatures generally go from 20 to 40 degrees in town. The mountain temps are always lower. Nighttime temperatures fall greater in either place.
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History & History Related Items

The Ute Indians called this area Shining Mountains. Maybe that is why the silver miners came in 1879 to find the shiny metal. Along with the miners came businessmen and speculators. Before the real community could be built at the base of the mountain, an Indian uprising in the area caused many to go back home. A few stayed and began to organize the group, particularly with regard to the claims of those who stayed and also of those who left. The little community was first called Ute City. It was later renamed Aspen in 1880. By 1891, Aspen was the largest silver producing mining district in the USA. Two years later it was real town with 12,000 residents, schools, railroads, newspapers, electricity, an opera house and much more. 1893 marked a year when Aspenís success as a mining town began to decline due to the Sherman Silver Act that demonetized silver.

Though the importance of silver had diminished in Aspen, another important discovery was made. During the late 1930ís, some investors attempted to build a ski area. World War II caused the progress to slow, but once the war was over, Friedl Fjeifer, who had trained in the area with the military, returned to plan the areaís first chair lift. In 1945, Walter Paepcke arrived and joined up with Pfeifer. By 1946, the Aspen Skiing Corporation was established and by 1950 Aspen had achieved international status as a ski resort.

Learn more about history at this page for Aspen.
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Outdoor Life in Aspen.

Learn about skiing in Aspen.

Aspen Art Museum
500 North Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: 970-925-8050
Fax: 970-925-8054

Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet

Aspen Music Festival and School
2 Music School Road
Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: (970) 925-3254

Aspen Snowmass
The power of four
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Aspen City Government

City of Aspen
130 S. Galena Street
Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: 970-920-5212
Fax: 970-920-5119

Aspen Chamber

Aspen Chamber of Commerce and Resort Association
425 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: 970-925-1940
Fax: 970-920-1173
Toll-free: 800-670-0792

Aspen Community News

Aspen Daily News

Aspen Organizations

Aspen Chamber of Commerce and Resort Association
425 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: 970-925-1940
Fax: 970-920-1173
Toll-free: 800-670-0792

Aspen Schools

Aspen School District
Aspen Elementary, Aspen Middle School and Aspen High School

Colorado Mountain College
831 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs CO. 81601
Toll-free: 800-621-8559 Aspen


The population of Aspen was:
1990 - 5,049
1998 - 6,222
2000 - 5,914
2002 - 5,902
2005 - 5,804

Seasonal residents boost the population of Aspen further

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