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Overview

Introduction to Durango, Colorado

Durango, Colorado, in La Plata county, is 154 miles NW of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and 166 miles NW of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Durango History

The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad founded this town in September of 1880 to provide services to the San Juan Mining District. Ore was transported from the mountains to the smelters at Durango. The area was named after the town of Durango in Mexico.

Durango and nearby Attractions

  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Historic Downtown
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Vallecito Lake
  • Durango Mountain Resort
  • Animas River

Things To Do In Durango

The city has a vibrant art culture, which is illustrated at the many art galleries in the area. Biking is also a very popular past time in Durango because of the rough terrain that surrounds the city.

Durango Transportation

The Durango-La Plata County Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Durango Higher Education

Fort Lewis College is the local higher educational institution. One can also find educational opportunities at San Juan College and Western State College Colorado.

People

Total Population 17,486
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 8.7%
Employed Population 16+ 9,708
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 36%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,383
% Above Poverty Level 86.8%
% Below Poverty Level 13.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17.7%
% Using Public Transportation 5%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,099
Median House Value $363,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.4%
US/American 0%
English 12.2%
Irish 15.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Durango Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 154 miles NW of Rio Rancho, New Mexico (center to center)
Nearest Large City 166 miles NW of Albuquerque, New Mexico
County La Plata
Standard Zip Codes 81301, 81303
P.O. Box Zip Codes 81302
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.275
Longitude -107.879

Durango Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DURANGO
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 40 F
Apr Temp 30 to 63 F
Jul Temp 51 to 85 F
Oct Temp 31 to 66 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches
Station FORT LEWIS
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 38 F
Apr Temp 25 to 58 F
Jul Temp 48 to 82 F
Oct Temp 29 to 63 F
Annual Precip 19.1 inches
Station IGNACIO 1 N
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 39 F
Apr Temp 28 to 62 F
Jul Temp 49 to 87 F
Oct Temp 31 to 65 F
Annual Precip 14 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Durango, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

College Heights Durango (81301)

Hermosa (81301)

Purgatory (81301)

Tamarron (81301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bayfield 2,478 $70,000
Ignacio 887 $51,923
Mancos 1,727 $36,364

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Durango Public Libraries

Library
Durango Public Library
1188 E SECOND AVE
Durango, Colorado
(970) 385-2971

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Durango Hospitals

MERCY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1010 THREE SPRINGS BLVD
(970) 749-3891
Emergency Service: Yes

ANIMAS SURGICAL HOSPITAL LLC
(Proprietary)
575 RIVERGATE LANE
(970) 247-3537
Emergency Service: Yes

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Durango High Schools

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DURANGO HIGH SCHOOL
2390 MAIN AVENUE
970-259-1630
Serves 1,510 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

THE EXCEL CHARTER SCHOOL
215 EAST 12TH STREET
970-259-0203
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.4

DURANGO SECOND CHANCE
301 EAST 12TH STREET
970-385-4354
A Non-traditional School
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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