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Welcome to Durango ...

The city of Durango is located in La Plata County and is the County Seat for La Plata County.

When the people of Durango refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Durangoite<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Durango has a population of 18,503 people<2> (see below for details).

Durango was incorporated April 27, 1881.

The community of Durango is 6,850 feet [2,088 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Durango is about 1¼ mile [or ~2 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Durango lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Durango is located in the (970) area code.

The ZIP codes for Durango: 81301-81302<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Durango had a population of 16,887 people (or 32.9% of the total population of La Plata County). This makes Durango the county's most populous community.

The population of Durango represents 0.34% of the total population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 33rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 16,887 people, the population of Durango increased 21.3% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 13,922 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Durango had an population of 18,503 people. This is an increase of 9.57% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 32.9% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Durango.

Communities near Durango ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Durango and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<5>.

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Allison   [Map]   ---   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Bayfield   [Map]   2,628   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Fort Lewis - Historic   [Map]   ---   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
Gem Village   [Map]   ---   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
Hesperus   [Map]   ---   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
Ignacio   [Map]   725   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Durango.

Communities Also Named Durango ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Durango - they are located in Florida, Iowa and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Durango.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Durango. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Durango. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Durango. Our list includes 40 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Durango:

Websites for Durango ...

Official Website: www.durangogov.org/

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Durango ...

Looking for more information about Durango? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Durango, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Durango.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Durango. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Durango: www.durangogov.org/

The official website for La Plata County: www.co.laplata.co.us/

The official website for State of Colorado: www.colorado.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Durango refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Durango may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Durango.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Durango - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Durango). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Durango or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Durango includes: 81301 & 81302.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Durango. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Durango) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Durango. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Durango

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Durango. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2757, Longitude: -107.8688     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Durango have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Durango.