La Plata County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 51,334. The county seat is Durango. The county was named for the La Plata River and the La Plata Mountains. “La plata” means “the silver” in Spanish.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,700 square miles (4,400 km), of which 1,692 square miles (4,380 km) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km) (0.4%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 43,941 people in the county, organized into 17,342 households and 10,890 families. The population density is 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There are 20,765 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county is 87.31% White, 5.78% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.90% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. 10.40% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 17,342 households out of which 29.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.90% are married couples living together, 8.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.20% are non-families. 24.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 2.92.
In the county, the population is spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 13.90% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 103.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $40,159, and the median income for a family is $50,446. Males have a median income of $32,486 versus $24,666 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,534. 11.70% of the population and 6.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.30% of those under the age of 18 and 7.70% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
La Plata County Colorado neighborhoods include: 3rd Ave South Side, Alpine Shadows, Animas City, Baby Bear Road, CR 203/550-Trimble, Dalton Ranch, Downtown Durango, Durango Airport, Durango West II, Eastlawn, Edgemont Highlands, Edgemont Ranch, Falls Creek Ranch, Florida Lemon Valley, Florida River Estates, Grandview, Hermosa, Hillcrest Estates, Hylander, La Plata, Lightner Creek, Los Prados, Los Ranchitos, Mountain Valley, North County Durango, North Durango, Pastorius Mesa, Rafter J, Rivergate Lofts, River Oaks, Rockridge, Skyridge, Sundance Hills, Sunnyside, SW Horizons Ranch, Tamarron/Glacier/Rockwood, Tecolote, The Mesa, Three Springs, Turtle Lake/Hidden Valley