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

298 sq mi (772 km²)
290 sq mi (751 km²)
7 sq mi (18 km²), 2.51%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

324,833
769/sq mi (297/km²)
Website www.co.durham.nc.us

Durham County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its county seat is Durham.[1]

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.

Law and government[]

Durham County is a member of the regional Triangle J Council of Governments. Durham County is governed by a five-member board of county commissioners, currently consisting of Chair Brenda A. Howerton, Vice Chair Wendy Jacobs, Nimasheena Burns, Heidi Carter, and Nida Allam.[2] All are elected concurrently, and each elected member serves a four-year term. It is consistently one of the most Democratic counties in North Carolina having only voted for the Republican candidate twice since 1884, the Republican landslides of 1928 and 1972. George H. W. Bush is the last Republican to manage even 40 percent of the county's vote. Since the 1990s, Durham County has been one of the most Democratic urban counties in the South. Among counties in the I-85 Corridor, only Orange County is usually more Democratic.

United States presidential election results for Durham County, North Carolina[3]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 32,459 18.04% 144,688 80.42% 2,767 1.54%
2016 28,350 18.16% 121,250 77.66% 6,534 4.18%
2012 33,769 23.01% 111,224 75.80% 1,742 1.19%
2008 32,353 23.63% 103,456 75.57% 1,088 0.79%
2004 34,614 31.57% 74,524 67.96% 513 0.47%
2000 30,150 35.64% 53,907 63.72% 547 0.65%
1996 27,825 34.39% 49,186 60.79% 3,899 4.82%
1992 27,581 33.36% 47,331 57.24% 7,770 9.40%
1988 29,928 45.43% 35,441 53.79% 514 0.78%
1984 29,185 47.39% 32,244 52.36% 155 0.25%
1980 19,276 40.24% 24,969 52.13% 3,656 7.63%
1976 18,945 45.61% 22,425 53.99% 163 0.39%
1972 25,576 61.38% 15,566 37.36% 525 1.26%
1968 12,705 29.68% 16,563 38.69% 13,542 31.63%
1964 15,264 40.02% 22,874 59.98% 0 0.00%
1960 14,322 42.60% 19,298 57.40% 0 0.00%
1956 13,226 48.87% 13,835 51.13% 0 0.00%
1952 11,301 37.42% 18,897 62.58% 0 0.00%
1948 4,531 25.73% 11,530 65.46% 1,552 8.81%
1944 3,690 22.43% 12,763 77.57% 0 0.00%
1940 2,491 14.40% 14,810 85.60% 0 0.00%
1936 2,189 14.60% 12,804 85.40% 0 0.00%
1932 2,770 25.94% 7,559 70.78% 351 3.29%
1928 8,723 66.06% 4,482 33.94% 0 0.00%
1924 3,093 37.95% 4,837 59.34% 221 2.71%
1920 3,550 43.31% 4,646 56.69% 0 0.00%
1916 1,837 42.72% 2,463 57.28% 0 0.00%
1912 124 3.52% 2,197 62.31% 1,205 34.17%
1908 1,820 49.35% 1,859 50.41% 9 0.24%
1904 1,080 40.10% 1,603 59.52% 10 0.37%
1900 2,026 45.86% 2,373 53.71% 19 0.43%
1896 1,924 43.62% 2,435 55.20% 52 1.18%
1892 1,264 35.93% 1,490 42.35% 764 21.72%
1888 1,618 45.77% 1,835 51.91% 82 2.32%
1884 1,193 42.79% 1,595 57.21% 0 0.00%



Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 298 square miles (771.8 km2), of which 290 square miles (751.1 km2) is land and 7 square miles (18.1 km2) (2.51%) is water. The county's population is 267,587, according to the 2010 census.[4]

Townships[]

The county is divided into six townships: Carr, Durham, Lebanon, Mangum, Oak Grove, and Triangle.

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

As of the census[5] 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 population was spread out with 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

Cities and towns[]

The only incorporated municipality centered in Durham County is the city of Durham. However, parts of the town of Chapel Hill in Orange County, are in Durham County. A small portion of the city of Raleigh is also in Durham County.[6]

Unincorporated communities[]

There are several unincorporated communities along the outskirts of the city of Durham or in the rural parts of the county.

  • Bahama
  • Bethesda
  • Genlee
  • Gorman
  • Lowe's Grove
  • Nelson
  • Oak Grove
  • Rougemont

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Durham County, North Carolina

References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 36°02′N 78°52′W / 36.04, -78.87


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