Durham is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 16,645 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Durham is the 18th 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 89.96% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Durham is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Durham who work in food service (18.72%), office and administrative support (12.49%), and sales jobs (10.82%).
Of important note, Durham is also a town of artists. Durham has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Durham’s character.
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 small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Durham to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
One of the nice things about Durham is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Despite being a small town, Durham has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Durham is a pretty powerful place. 76.93% of the adults in Durham have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Durham in 2010 was $22,650, which is low income relative to New Hampshire, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,600 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 Italian, German, English, and French .
The most common language spoken in Durham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.