La Plata County, Colorado

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La Plata County is the fourteenth 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". The United States Census Bureau estimated that the county population was 47,936 in 2006, a 9.09% increase since U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat is Durango, and the Durango Micropolitan Statistical Area comprises La Plata County.

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



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,700 square miles (4,403 km²), of which, 1,692 square miles (4,383 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.46% water.

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