Durham, NC
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Durham profile

Living in Durham

Durham is a large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 285,527 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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.58% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Durham. This makes Durham a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Durham presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Durham, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Durham is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.16% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.