Place:La Plata, Colorado, United States

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La Plata County is the fifteenth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county was named for the La Plata River and the La Plata Mountains. "La plata" is the Spanish language word for "silver". As of the 2010 census that the county population was 51,334, a 16.8% increase since 2000 census. The county seat is Durango. The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated La Plata County as the Durango, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is home to Durango Rock Shelters Archeology Site, the type site for the Basketmaker II period of Anasazi culture.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1874 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1880 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1895 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1880 1,110
1890 5,509
1900 7,016
1910 10,812
1920 11,218
1930 12,975
1940 15,494
1950 14,880
1960 19,225
1970 19,199
1980 27,424
1990 32,284

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