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Durango is a city in La Plata County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the city in Mexico, or possibly for a local mine.

The latitude of Durango is 37.275N. The longitude is -107.879W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 6,532 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 14,741.


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Median household income
Local
$34,892
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Durango demographic reports
Durango is on the Animas River.
Durango developed as a rough cattle town, then grew with the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1880.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 38. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 5 among towns in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the community as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2007.
Filming location for:
· 1978 movie, "Avalanche"
· 1983 movie, "Vacation"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Cowboy Gathering - Oct. 4-7, 2007
  • Railfest - Aug. 23-26, 2007
  • Music in the Mountains Classical Music Festival - July 15-Aug. 5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Durango web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: San Juan Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: San Juan National Forest
Durango attractions: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Historic sites and museums: Animas Museum
Colleges and universities: Fort Lewis College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Durango demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the La Plata County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 81301 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

19% of Durango residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Durango ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Durango was $19,352, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

43% of Durango residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Durango include Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, East Third Avenue Historic Residential District, Main Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Durango, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $630.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,076.


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Libraries

Libraries in Durango include Durango Public Library, Durango-Sunnyside Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Durango include Durango Herald

TV stations in Durango include KREZ, KTLL.

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Politics

La Plata County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Durango political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Durango workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Durango between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Durango include Best Western, Best Western, Best Western Durango Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn, Days Inn Durango, Doubletree Hotel Durango, Durango Travelodge, Econo Lodge, Ferringway Resort Condominiums, Hampton Inn - Durango ... More hotels.

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