Durham, NC


Durham profile

Living in Durham

Durham is a relatively large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 262,989 people and 59 constituent neighborhoods, Durham is the fifth largest community in North Carolina.

Durham is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.34% 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 (10.05%), office and administrative support (9.89%), and healthcare (9.30%).

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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Durham is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Durham, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Durham is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.32% of adults in Durham have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Durham in 2010 was $30,645, 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 $122,580 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 13.92% 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.