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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Durango is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 0.00% of the Durango workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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%).

A relatively large number of people in Durango telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.26% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Durango is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Durango enrolled in college, Durango has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.85 minutes getting to work every day.

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.