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Time Zone: La Plata County lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Durango is the Seat for La Plata County.

La Plata County was founded February 10, 1874. La Plata was created by taking area from Lake and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> La Plata had a population of 51,464 people. This is an increase of 17.12% since the last Census (which gave a population of 43,941 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, La Plata represented 1.02% of the total population of Colorado, making it the state's 13th most populous county (out of 64 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201051,334+16.82%-0.25% since 2009
200951,464+17.12%+1.64% since 2008
200850,633+15.23%+1.94% since 2007
200043,941The Last Census

More information can be found on the La Plata County Census Page for La Plata County.


Below are some of the communities located in La Plata County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for La Plata County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Durango   16,62713,92219.43% increase  
Bayfield   2,0871,54934.73% increase  
Ignacio   79766919.13% increase  

Websites for La Plata County

Official Website:   www.co.laplata.co.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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