Durham, NH
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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 87.92% 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 (18.97%), teaching (11.67%), and sales jobs (11.03%).

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 small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Durham area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Durham maintain a good economy.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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.

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 75.87% 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 2010 was $21,890, 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 $87,560 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, English, German, and French .

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