Durango : Colorado

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What Durango is like for active adults
Durango is one of the coolest and most popular towns in Colorado. Not just for retirees, but also for young people (average age is 29).  Located in the southwestern part of the state, Durango has convenient access to at least 5 major ski areas including Purgatory (about 25 miles away).  The Animas River, a gold medal fly fishing stream, flows through the center of town.  The town is world famous for every kind of outodoor recreation including mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and golf. This old railroad and mining town has an interesting downtown. Durango is a college town, thanks to Fort Lewis College.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are active adult communities in Durango (see link at top right).
Real estate is fairly expensive with houses costing in a range of the high $200's into the $400's, with bigger places with exceptional views costing even more. The median price of a home in early 2014 was a little over $300,000 (City-Data.com). 

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What is special about this retirement community
The Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a big attraction since it features antique railroad cars and a steam locomotive. There are mountain biking championships, great skiing and fly fishing,  The annual Snowdown festival is big. Mesa Verda National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site - it is the home of prehistoric cliff dwellings.
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What is not special about this retirement community
Durango is a small town that is pretty far away from city of any size. Real estate is quite expensive by national standards.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Outdoors people and train buffs will find plenty to like in Durango
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism is the driver of the economy
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Climate and Physical Environment
Durango is located at an elevation of 6500 feet in southwestern Colorado near the 4 corners (where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona meet). It is on the Animas River in the San Juan Mountains.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fort Lewis College is in Durango, as is Pueblo Community College; there are local artisans and shops; The Snowdown Festival is a big annual event.

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Crime in Durango is about a third higher than the national average.
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Medical facilities
Mercy Medical Center provides medical services for the Durango area.
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Durango-LaPlata Airport near Ignacias is a major regional airport for southwestern Colorado; Durango is average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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Valuable Links
Retirement in Colorado
Wikipedia on Durango
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Facts about DURANGO
  • State: CO
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Outdoor Oriented,Biking Community,Resort Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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