There are a wide range of job opportunities in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. Many residents work in finance, healthcare, construction and professional jobs, as well as service industry, outdoor sports and government positions.
Commuting to Aspen for work is a common practice. Many Aspen workers live downvalley where the cost of free-market homes is a bit more practical for the average worker, although the city of Aspen has make great advances to its innovative affordable housing inventory, making it possible for full-time and seasonal residents to work and live in the same community.
Most downvalley residents seem to find the availability of jobs and proximity to the cultural amenities in Aspen worth the commute. Incentives to take mass transportation, such as RFTA buses, carpooling or bicycling, continue to gain strength in numbers.