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The Durango Economy


We Have the Facts to Support Your Vision

Healthy communities come from thoughtful economic development and people dedicated to the business environment. The many factors involved in creating a strong and thriving economy can be found in Durango and its surrounding communities in La Plata County. If you’re thinking of growing or starting a business here, we’ll provide you with more in-depth information on our economy, and customize reports for your data needs.
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Households.

Households 26,028
Occupied Housing 20,956
Owner Occupied Housing (%) 67%
Median Home Value $310,000
   Durango $370,000
   Bayfield $262,000
   Ignacio $109,500
   Rest of County $322,500

Economic Conditions

Unemployment Rate 5.3%
Labor Force     32,053
Employed Residents     30,344
Per Capita Income $45,476
Median Household Income $54,648
Average Annual Wage $41,944

 

La Plata Employment Growth

Employment in Top 10 Industries

Industry Employment  Average Wage
Government 5,771 $56,506
Retail Trade 3,810 $26,149
Health Care & Social Assistance 3,557 $47,519
Construction 3,224 $52,337
Accommodation & Food Service 3,114 $16,972
Professional, Scientific, & Technical 2,396 $59,016
Real Estate Rental & Leasing 2,234 $33,877
Finance & Insurance 1,885 $65,015
Administrative & Waste Mgmt 1,549 $31,171
Other Services 1,515 $27,592
Total Employment 36,834 $41,944
Note: industry employment includes sole proprietors

Largest Private Sector Employers

Company Type of Business Employees
Mercy Regional Medical Center Health Care 900
Mercury Technology 417
Durango Mountain Resort Tourism/Recreation 400
Wal-Mart Retail 354
Crossfire Seeding Natural Resources 250
BP America Natural Resources 245
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Food & Beverage Manufacturing 150
Strater Hotel Tourism/Lodging 148
Durango Herald Journalism 128
Animas Surgical Hospital Health Care 122

 

Top 10 Job Occupations in La Plata County

Occupation Total Jobs Full Time Median Wage
Sales 3,009 $37,851
Office & Administrative Support 2,946 $32,529
Management 2,884 $60,154
Food Preparation 2,499 $22,120
Construction, Extraction & Maintenance 2,085 $44,150
Education, Training, & Libraries 1,702 $46,645
Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance 1,244 $25,074
Business & Finance 1,144 $52,813
Health Practitioners 1,121 $61,483
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 847 $44,261
Total Job Occupations 26,363 $42,108

 

Exports, 3rd Congressional District of Colorado

Nation Exports  Growth Since 2010
European Union $175,078,111 37%
Canada $167,049,567 32%
Mexico $86,378,698 58%
China $57,945,345  43%
Japan $22,227,359  -17%
Total $695,997,247  22%

Exports, La Plata County, by Industry

Industry Exports
Professional Services $21,195,305
Mining (Coal and Natural Gas) $18,353,191
Wholesale Trade $10,878,487
Manufacturing $10,178,998
Total $97,880,598

 

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