Durham demographics profile

StatisticDurhamNorth CarolinaNational
Population251,7619,940,828318,558,162
Population density (sq mi)2,28218191
Median age33.338.337.7
Male/Female ratio0.9:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)46%57%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1848%43%43%
Speak English80%89%79%
Speak Spanish13%7%13%
Durham, NC has a population of 251,761 and is the 79th largest city in the United States. The population density is 2,282 per sq mi which is 1160% higher than the North Carolina average and 2419% higher than the national average. The median age in Durham is 33 which is approximately 13% lower than the North Carolina average of 38. In Durham, 46% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 80% speak English and 13% speak Spanish. 49% of Durham residents were born in North Carolina, 35% were born out of state, 1% were born outside of the United States and 14% were foreign born.

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  • The population density in Durham is 1160% higher than North Carolina.
  • The median age in Durham is 13% lower than North Carolina.
  • In Durham 47.90% of the population is White.
  • In Durham 39.95% of the population is Black or African American.
  • In Durham 5.11% of the population is Asian.

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Durham population breakdown by race

RaceDurhamNorth CarolinaNational
White47.90%69.24%73.35%
Black or African American39.95%21.50%12.63%
Asian5.11%2.56%5.22%
American Indian0.38%1.18%0.82%
Native Hawaiian0.05%0.07%0.18%
Mixed race3.00%2.45%3.06%
Other race3.61%3.01%4.75%
In Durham, 13.9% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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Source: The Durham, NC demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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