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 267,743 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.

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 citizens of Durham are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.80% of adults in Durham have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

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.