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Durham County, North Carolina
Seal of Durham County, North Carolina
Map
Map of North Carolina highlighting Durham County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1881
Seat Durham
Largest City Durham
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

298 sq mi (772 km²)
286 sq mi (741 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 4.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2014)
 - Density

294,460
1,015.4/sq mi (392/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.dconc.gov
Named for: Bartlett Snipes Durham
County logo Logo of Durham County, North Carolina

Durham County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 267,587. Its county seat is Durham.

Durham County is the core of the Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Raleigh-Durham-Cary, NC Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 1,749,525 in 2010.

History

The county was formed on April 17, 1881, from parts of Orange County and Wake County, taking the name of its own county seat. In 1911 parts of Cedar Fork Township of Wake County was transferred to Durham County and became Carr Township.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 298 square miles (770 km2), of which 286 square miles (740 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (4.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-40
  • I-85
  • I-540 / NC 540
  • US 15
  • US 70
  • US 501
  • NC 54
  • NC 55
  • NC 98
  • NC 147
  • NC 157
  • NC 751

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 18,041
1900 26,233 45.4%
1910 35,276 34.5%
1920 42,219 19.7%
1930 67,196 59.2%
1940 80,244 19.4%
1950 101,639 26.7%
1960 111,995 10.2%
1970 132,681 18.5%
1980 152,785 15.2%
1990 181,835 19.0%
2000 223,314 22.8%
2010 267,587 19.8%
Est. 2015 300,952 12.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 223,314 people, 89,015 households, and 54,032 families residing in the county. The population density was 769 people per square mile (297/km²). There were 95,452 housing units at an average density of 329 per square mile (127/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 50.91% White, 39.46% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 3.29% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.21% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. 7.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 89,015 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.00% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.30% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the age distribution was as follows: 22.90% under the age of 18, 12.80% from 18 to 24, 34.80% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,337, and the median income for a family was $53,223. Males had a median income of $35,939 versus $30,683 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,156. About 9.80% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Durham County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Durham County, North Carolina, With Municipal and Township Labels

The city of Durham is the only incorporated municipality to predominantly exist within Durham County, and the only one whose urban core lies within the county, though small portions of municipalities from neighboring counties extend into Durham County, and the city of Durham also itself extends slightly into neighboring counties. All other towns and places within Durham County are unincorporated communities.

City

  • Durham (county seat, small portions extend into Wake and Orange counties)
  • Raleigh (small part, mostly in Wake County)

Towns

Source:

Townships

  • Carr
  • Durham
  • Lebanon
  • Mangum
  • Oak Grove
  • Triangle

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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