Durham, NC

Durham, situated in Durham County, is a city made up of 108.3 square miles.

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A large portion of the city was destroyed by a fire in March, 1914. During the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. visited the city. 

In 1957, Douglas E. Moore organized a sit-in in protest for Civil Rights at a church and the Royal Ice Cream Parlor.  

The participants were arrested and found guilty of trespassing. This made Durham a key location for Civil Rights activism in North Carolina. 

Demographics

The median resident age in Durham is 33 years. The median estimated household income is about $52,000 making it about $4,000 more than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $30,000. The average price for a home in Durham is about $193,000 (2015) which is $33,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $950 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Durham is 38% White, 39% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 20% other.

86% of the population are high school graduates, with 47% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

40% are married, 11% are divorced, 3% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 41% that have never been married.

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Durham County

Durham belongs to Durham County in the central part of North Carolina. The County, named after Bartlett Snipes Durham, is part of the Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 1881, Durham County was formed from parts of Wake and Orange County.

Durham County has a population of 294,000 and its largest city Durham, with a population of 252,000, is the county seat.

Durham County borders Person, Granville, Orange, Chatham, and Wake counties.

Durham County is made up of 298 square miles. 286 of which is land with the remaining 12 as water.

Population

The population of Durham, NC is about 252,000. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding in the 1880s.

Elevation

The elevation of Durham, NC is 404 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Durham, NC are 27701, 27702, 27703, 27704, 27705, 27706, 27707, 27708, 27709, 27710, 27711, 27712, 27713, 27715, 27717, and 27722.

Area Code

The area code for Durham, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Durham and Durham County have voted mostly Democrat, with 76% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election.

This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 35% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 7%.

Economy

The unemployment rate for Durham is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%.

Education, manufacturing, construction, and accommodation and food make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Herald-Sun is the primary newspaper that cover the Durham County area.


 

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