Durham, NC
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Durham is a relatively large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 257,605 people and 59 constituent neighborhoods, Durham is the fifth largest community in North Carolina.

Durham is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.75% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Durham who work in management occupations (10.13%), office and administrative support (9.64%), and healthcare (9.59%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Durham use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Durham‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Durham ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Durham, 47.43% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Durham in 2010 was $29,626, 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 $118,504 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Durham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.88% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Durham include German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Durham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.