Durham is a large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 283,506 people and 66 constituent neighborhoods, Durham is the fourth largest community in North Carolina.
Durham real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Durham house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Durham is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Durham is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Durham who work in management occupations (11.30%), office and administrative support (9.69%), and healthcare (9.51%).
Also of interest is that Durham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.58% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Durham is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Durham is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Durham. 51.16% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Durham in 2018 was $36,136, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,544 for a family of four. However, Durham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Durham is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Durham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Durham residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Durham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.82% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Durham include English, German, Irish, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Durham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.