Durham, NH
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Durham profile

Living in Durham

Durham is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 15,490 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Durham is the 20th largest community in New Hampshire.

Durham home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Hampshire, but Durham real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Durham is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.60% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Durham is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Durham who work in food service (16.35%), sales jobs (14.18%), and office and administrative support (12.16%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Durham telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.87% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Durham to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Durham, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.

Durham is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Durham, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Durham is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

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 75.58% 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 $25,045, which is low income relative to New Hampshire, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,180 for a family of four. However, Durham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Durham include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.

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