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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,817
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens10.2%
Employed Population 16+9,654
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married36.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher52.8%
Median Earnings25+$34,599
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,019
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,252

Wealth

Median Family Income$88,667
% Above Poverty Level87.3%
% Below Poverty Level12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work16%
% Using Public Transportation4.8%

Housing

People Living Alone35.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,118
Median House Value$383,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.4%
Irish13.8%
English11.4%
Scottish5.3%
Italian5.2%
French Except Basque2.8%
Swedish2.4%
Polish2.1%
Dutch1.9%
Swiss1.7%
Norwegian1.7%
Russian0.9%
Welsh0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Czech0.8%
African0.8%
Ethiopian0.7%
Hungarian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Bermudan0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Basque0.1%
Croatian0.1%
German0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Durango Almanac

CategoryValue
County La Plata County
Standard Zip Codes81301, 81303
P.O. Box Zip Codes81302
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude37.27
Approximate Longitude-107.88

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)

StationDURANGO
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 40 F
Apr Temp30 to 63 F
Jul Temp51 to 85 F
Oct Temp31 to 66 F
Annual Precip19.3 inches
StationFORT LEWIS
Distance9.8 miles
Jan Temp8 to 38 F
Apr Temp25 to 58 F
Jul Temp48 to 82 F
Oct Temp29 to 63 F
Annual Precip19.1 inches
StationIGNACIO 1 N
Distance16.7 miles
Jan Temp9 to 39 F
Apr Temp28 to 62 F
Jul Temp49 to 87 F
Oct Temp31 to 65 F
Annual Precip14 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bayfield2,527$73,542
Ignacio867$56,563
Mancos1,700$42,778

Durango Public Libraries

Durango Public Library
1900 E 3RD AVE
Durango, Colorado
(970) 375-3380

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Durango Hospitals

Animas Surgical Hospital, Llc
(Proprietary)
575 Rivergate Lane
(970) 247-3537
Mercy Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1010 Three Springs Blvd
(970) 247-4311

Durango Public Schools

Animas Valley Elementary School
373 Hermosa Meadows Road
ZIP: 81301
Primary
Total Enrollment 288
District 9-r Shared School
201 East 12th Street
ZIP: 81301
Other
Total Enrollment 182
Durango Big Picture High School
215 East 12th Street
ZIP: 81301
High
Total Enrollment 82
Durango High School
2390 Main Avenue
ZIP: 81301
High
Total Enrollment 1038
Miller Middle School
2608 Junction Street
ZIP: 81301
Middle
Total Enrollment 429
Mountain Middle School
108 West 31st Street
ZIP: 81301
Middle
Total Enrollment 176
Needham Elementary School
2425 West Third Avenue
ZIP: 81301
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Park Elementary School
510 E. 6th Ave.
ZIP: 81301
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Riverview Elementary School
2900 Mesa Avenue
ZIP: 81301
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Southwest Colorado E-school
201 East 12th Street
ZIP: 81301
Other
Total Enrollment 46
Escalante Middle School
141 Baker Lane
ZIP: 81303
Middle
Total Enrollment 504
Florida Mesa Elementary School
216 Highway 172
ZIP: 81303
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Robert Denier Youth Services Center
720 Turner Drive
ZIP: 81303
Other
Sunnyside Elementary School
75 Cr 218
ZIP: 81303
Primary
Total Enrollment 165
Animas High School
3206 Main Avenue
ZIP: 81320
High
Total Enrollment 312

Durango Private Schools

Children's House Of Durango
1689 W 3rd Ave
ZIP: 81301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Colorado Timberline Academy
35554 Highway 550
ZIP: 81301
Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Columbine Christian School
1775 Florida Rd
ZIP: 81301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 75
Grace Preparatory Academy Of Durango
860 Plymouth Dr
ZIP: 81301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
St Columba School
1801 E 3rd Ave
ZIP: 81301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 191
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