Durham, North Carolina is a medium-sized city with just under 256,000 residents. Young professionals can expect to feel welcome, as they account for an above-average 19% of the community, while retirees account for a smaller percentage of the city. At an average age of just under 36, the city's residents are notably younger than most cities in North Carolina. In terms of housing, residents are fairly evenly split between renting (51%) and owning (49%) their home despite an average rent of $1,008 a month, substantially higher than the state average of $931.
Durham has an average commute time of about 24 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the typical way to get to work, chosen by 44% of residents, while public transit is not extensively used. A small percentage of commuters walk to work.
Compared to the national average (7%), Durham has a high concentration of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees, as 13% possess a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Additionally, 17% have earned a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. If you're looking for diverse career options, Durham has them in spades. The four most common industries are healthcare, education, entertainment, and retail. Combined, these industries account for 28% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 7% of residents work in management, making it the top career path in the city. Durham workers take home an average annual income of about $71K, a little more than the average North Carolina resident. Durham's average income, however, is fairly on par with the national average ($73,345).