Durango, CO
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Living in Durango


Durango is a medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 18,465 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.

When you are in Durango, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 0.00% of Durango’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Durango is a city of sales and office workers, transportation and shipping workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Durango who work in office and administrative support (0.00%), sales jobs (0.00%), and personal care services (0.00%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.26% 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.

In addition, Durango is a college town. There are a lot of students in Durango attending college, and as a result Durango provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

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 16.85 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

If knowledge is power, Durango is a pretty powerful place. 52.64% 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 $34,766, which is upper middle income relative to Colorado, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,064 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. Important ancestries of people in Durango include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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