Durango, CO
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Durango is a medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 18,006 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Durango is the 34th largest community in Colorado.

Durango home prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, but Durango real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Durango is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Durango is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Durango who work in food service (13.88%), sales jobs (11.76%), and office and administrative support (10.53%).

Of important note, Durango is also a city of artists. Durango has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Durango’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.79% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Durango, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Durango provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Durango spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.47 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Even though Durango is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Durango is a pretty powerful place. 52.28% of the adults in Durango have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Durango in 2010 was $30,272, which is upper middle income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,088 for a family of four. However, Durango contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Durango is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Durango home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Durango residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Durango also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.35% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Durango include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Durango is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Navajo.