6 Reasons People are Moving to Durango

 

A natural “through-state” for road-bound travelers, the towering snow-capped mountain ranges, rushing rivers and streams, lush mountain valleys and rolling verdant foothills of the Colorado landscape make for an incredible scenic tour of one of the nation’s favored adventure and recreation destinations, even if the end-of-the-line is somewhere different. For years now, denizens of neighboring states, travelers from the far corners of the country,  and foreign travelers alike have begun to flood happily into one of Colorado’s many culturally vibrant, intellectually active cities.

From from the Front Range cities of Colorado Springs, Trinidad, Fort Collins and Denver, to the world-class mountain towns of Aspen, Vail, Crested Butte and Breckenridge, the 38th state has so much to offer its visitors that many end up becoming full-time residents within just a few years. What about the state’s most recent adventurous honeypot? Durango, Colorado is a mountain town that enchants all of its guests. So what is it about the city that encourages so many to make it their permanent residence?

 

It’s Picturesque

If you’ve been to any sort of patriotic function in your lifetime, or perhaps been a huge Ray Charles fan, you may have heard a familiar song called America, the Beautiful written by Katharine Bates. In that song, when Bates mentions “spacious skies”, “purple mountains majesty” and “amber waves of grain,” she was inspired directly by a brief sojourn in the heart of Colorado. Those very purple mountains are the focal point of the area and activity surrounding Durango including the majestic San Juan Mountains and Purgatory Ski area.

 

The Weather

This beautiful Colorado city is endowed with a crisp “four-season climate providing a home to year-round outdoor activities and beauty whether on the trail or in the lodge.    

 

The Adventure

Being the mountain town it is, Durango activities and communities revolve primarily around outdoor adventure and recreation such as skiing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking, ice climbing and mountaineering.

 

The Atmosphere

Sporting a healthy mix of young adventurers, tourists, college students, and retirees, the city of Durango is intellectually active but relaxed. Equally welcoming to the technology-savvy, and the rustic cowboy, this mountain town is comfortably full of interesting individuals from all walks of life.

 

The San Juan Mountains

It might be a bit of a cheat to mention the San Juan Mountains again, but the edge of Durango takes residents into the most beautiful, rugged, and remote peaks in the country. Known for high its high peaks, some exceeding 14,000’ and plateaus, the San Juans provide a backdrop to beautiful forests,  mountain lakes, and rivers perfect for exploring and capturing with a camera or on a canvass.

 

Location

Durango is unique because unlike its mountain-town rivals, this sky city, comfortably nestled in the San Juans, sits on the edge of the American Southwest’s fascinating and alluring high desert county.    

Beyond that, neighboring and nearby cities offer a wide variety of scenery, activity, culture, and fun. Ouray, Telluride, and Silverton are just north of the city, in the San Juan National Forest.

 

Bonus: Sunshine

Durango is home to beautiful sunshine for a majority of the year. Occasional rain, reliable snow, full spring, and warm comfortable summer seasons all lend their way to variety with no lack of sunshine. On average, Durango sees around 266 days of sunshine per year!


Natural Disasters

 

Before the advent of weather balloons, satellites and the like, people would measure weather by keeping tabs on astronomical movements and cloud formations. With today’s modern technology, we are fortunate that many of our tools provide excellent insight into the weather that defines climates, seasons, and microclimates throughout the world.

Today, by monitoring atmospheric conditions, wind systems, and precipitation via satellites and radar, meteorologists identify patterns that give us a relatively accurate idea of what to expect in the near future, and how we might prepare for impending weather variations.

However, no matter how well a weather-watcher hopes to predict upcoming storm patterns, most meteorologists are hard-pressed to accurately predict natural disasters. Whether its forest, desert, mountains, prairie, or the shore, our unique country has an unfortunate habit of stirring up natural disasters for its inhabitants.

The United States is more prone than any other country to tornadoes and is only beaten by Indonesia in terms of active volcanoes. Beyond these, our beautiful weather systems and curious geology make the U.S. a hotbed for a number of other perils like:

  • Wildfires
  • Earthquakes
  • Blizzards
  • Floods
  • Heat Waves
  • Hurricanes
  • Mudslides
  • Hailstorms

Beyond these, drought, severe weather, random cold freezes, and hailstorms all contribute to those regular and unfortunate boosts in anxiety and insurance rates. In fact, last year in 2017, the United States saw one of the worst years in history for natural disasters.

Though these furious acts of nature do not affect every person living throughout the nation, you would be hard-pressed to find someone in the United States who does not personally know someone that has been victim to one of these catastrophes, particularly considering the recent hurricanes, floods,wildfires, mudslides and tornadoes that have plagued Southern states.  

More and more often in today’s real estate market, buyers are taking into consideration the potential longevity of their stay in the new area. One of the primary deliberations is whether or not a prospective region is safe. In recent years, these safety considerations for state-to-state movers have surpassed the standard reflections on crime rates and motor vehicle factors to include the likelihood of natural disasters.

Fortunately, there are a handful of regions in the United States where inhabitants are generally safe from most natural disasters. These areas rarely see wild acts of nature, and when they do, the events are very almost never catastrophic.

Though some are less romantic than others — e.g. the middle of Ohio, Michigan, etc. — a few standout areas present an adventurous lifestyle while still maintaining relative safety. These are the regions around cities like Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Durango. Generally, Colorado, Washington, Wyoming, and some parts of Oregon, are considered to be some of the safest places in the country to live.

Much of the reasoning behind why these regions are safe revolves around their particular geology, proximity to coastlines, yearly wind patterns, and fault lines. Given this information, and a desire to still take part in nature’s safe activities, it’s no wonder that Colorado is one of the most popular areas for young professionals and retiring families.