Durham, NC
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Living in Durham


Durham is a relatively large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 274,291 people and 59 constituent neighborhoods, Durham is the fifth 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 85.42% 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 (10.73%), office and administrative support (10.13%), and healthcare (9.03%).

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.

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Durham is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Durham area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Durham is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.80% 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 $32,305, 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 $129,220 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 13.96% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Durham include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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