Durham, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Durham, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Durham is the 4th largest city in North Carolina with a population of 265,510 as of July 1, 2017. Durham ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Durham is located at latitude 35.9811 and longitude -78.9029 in Durham County. The formal boundaries for the City of Durham (see map below) encompass a land area of 108.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.88 sq. miles. Durham County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 400 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Durham are located in Durham County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Orange County.

The City of Durham (GNIS ID: 2403521) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Durham is located within Township of Durham, a minor civil division (MCD) of Durham County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Durham population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Durham: Durhamsville.

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Durham, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 265,510
Daytime Population: Workers 179,615
Daytime Population: Residents 135,040
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 314,655
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 255,573
Population in Familes 184,898
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,937
Population Density2 2,447
Diversity Index3 74


Median Household Income $50,149
Average Household Income $72,028
Per Capita Income $29,950


Total Housing Units 118,200 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 49,953 (42.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 58,512 (49.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,735 ( 8.2%)
Median Home Value $196,993
Average Home Value $238,115


Total Households 108,465
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 59,877
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.09% 1.93%
Households 2.07% 1.94%
Families 1.84% 1.79%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   2.47%

Durham, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Durham to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 100th
Population Density # 19 98th
Diversity Index # 40 95th
Median Household Income # 215 71st
Per Capita Income # 143 81st

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