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Aspen, Colorado

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Welcome to Aspen ...

The city of Aspen is located in Pitkin County<1> and is the County Seat for Pitkin County.

When the people of Aspen refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Aspenite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Aspen has a population of 7,694 people<3> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Aspen, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated April 1, 1881.

Aspen is 7,920 feet [2,414 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Aspen is 1½ mile [or ~2½ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Aspen lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Aspen is within the boundaries of the (970) area code.

The ZIP codes for Aspen: 81611-81612<5>

Websites for Aspen ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Aspen had an population of 7,694 people. This is an increase of 15.56% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 30.1% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Aspen had a population of 6,658 people (which is 38.83% of the total population of Pitkin County). This makes Aspen the county's most populous community.

The population of Aspen represents 0.13% of the total population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 58th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 6,658 people, the population of Aspen increased 12.58% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 5,914 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Aspen.

Communities Also Named Aspen ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Aspen - they are located in Maryland, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Virginia and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Aspen.

Communities near Aspen ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Aspen.

  • Basalt [Eagle County]
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    • Basalt [Eagle County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Aspen
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,183 people
    • Former names for Basalt:
    • Aspen Junction
    • Fryingpan Town
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Basalt
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Basalt<7>
  • Snowmass Village [Pitkin County]
  • Lenado [Pitkin County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lenado
    • Lenado [Pitkin County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Aspen
  • Woody Creek [Pitkin County]
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    • Ashcroft [Pitkin County] - Historic
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      • Ashcroft [Pitkin County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the south of Aspen
      • Former names for Ashcroft:
      • Castle Forks City
      • Chloride
    • Independence [Pitkin County] - Historic
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      • Independence [Pitkin County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southeast of Aspen
      • Independence has also been known as:
      • Chipeta
      • Farwell
      • Hunter's Pass
      • Mammoth City
      • Mount Hope
      • Sparkill
    • Meredith [Pitkin County]
    • Norrie [Pitkin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norrie
      • Norrie [Pitkin County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Aspen
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norrie
    • Biglow [Pitkin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Biglow
      • Biglow [Pitkin County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Aspen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Biglow have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Biglow
    • Snowmass [Pitkin County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Aspen. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Aspen.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Aspen. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Aspen.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Aspen. Our list includes 27 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Aspen.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Aspen ...

Looking for more information about Aspen? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Aspen, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Aspen.

Adding Aspen to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Aspen in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Aspen was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Aspen in the The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States (Second Edition).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Aspen on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Colorado

About Pitkin County

About Colorado

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Aspen:

The official website for Pitkin County:

The official website for State of Colorado:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including Pitkin, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Aspen refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Aspen may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Aspen.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Aspen - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Aspen). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Aspen or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Aspen includes: 81611 & 81612.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Aspen) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Aspen. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AspenOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aspen. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1907, Longitude: -106.8192    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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