The Pitkin County commissioners recently paused to look at the valley in the year 2020 — perhaps after the next boom — and they saw crowded conditions.Today 16,600 people live in Pitkin County, including the populations of Aspen, Snowmass Village and the portion of Basalt within county lines. In a little over a decade, the state demographer expects 21,400 (+29%) people to live in the county, especially as more wealthy older workers from urban areas retire here.
By Brent Gardner-Smith, Feb. 17, 2009, Aspen Daily News, Aspen, CO

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