The Classified Section: Job Market Report
The joke around town is how many jobs people have (I have four). No one lives in Durango to get rich. However, while many ski towns experience “off-seasons” when businesses close, and employees head to Moab to climb, Durango barely skips a beat. From the run of the mill restaurant jobs to larger employers including Mercury Payment Systems (credit card processing), and Mercy Regional Medical Care (a Level III Trauma Center, with a new breast care center) – both generalized and specialized job seekers will find opportunity here.
Raising The Roof: Cost of Housing
The good news is the La Plata County residential real estate market is recovering from the bottom of the market. Real estate sales for the 3rd quarter through September 2011 totaled 528 transactions with a median price of $308,000, according to Bree Adamian, Broker Associate at Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtors. But it’s still not exactly cheap. Durango homebuyers can expect to drop anywhere from $250,000 to $600,000 for a decent multi-bedroom home in town (or as affordable as $150,000 in Silverton), or pay around $700 month in rent. Hence the multiple, mainly low-paying jobs.