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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
Durango is a town in Colorado with a population of 17,986. Durango is in La Plata County and is one of the best places to live in Colorado. Living in Durango offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Durango there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Many young professionals live in Durango and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Durango are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$427,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,196
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Durango Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    363.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    10.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    293.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,034.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    203
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    17%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Durango

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,521
National
$55,322
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Durango Reviews

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I love Durango! It is set in a beautiful valley that makes it feel cozy and that gives it mountain and hilltop views at all times. It is a very outdoorsy place, both in terms of the people who live there and the surrounding terrain. The Animas River runs right through town which can be used for swimming, rafting, or as just a nice serene feature. There are many trails and activities to do based on the area's history and geography. There is an active community and culture so there is always stuff going on. For a small town, Durango is amazing!
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Durango is an awesome town! There are limitless outdoor opportunities. The river runs right through downtown which is not only beautiful, but it's a lot of fun. The downtown area is really cute, and is FULL of great restaurants, bars, breweries, shops, art galleries, etc.
Durango is one of Colorado's best kept secrets. It is a unique area where the mountains meet the desert. The Animas River roars through the middle of town and weaves throughout the valley. We have beautiful hiking trails, hundreds of miles of them in fact, that are immediately accessible in town. Outdoor enthusiasts are at home here, as Durango hosts endless activities such as: hiking, biking, skiing, river rafting, and more. Durango also has coal train that runs from Durango to Silverton everyday and the town is always filled with train whistles that are iconic to the town. The town has a western feel and is full of great opportunities to learn about the "wild west" and the Native American culture, as monuments like Mesa Verde and Canyon of the Ancients are only an hour away. This has been a great and beautiful place to be born and raised and it will always be home in my heart.