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Durham County, North Carolina
The county was formed in 1881 from parts of Orange County and Wake County, taking the name of its own county seat. In 1911 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.
The county is divided into six townships: Carr, Durham, Lebanon, Mangum, Oak Grove, and Triangle.
- Person County, North Carolina - north
- Granville County, North Carolina - northeast
- Wake County, North Carolina - southeast
- Chatham County, North Carolina - south-southwest
- Orange County, North Carolina - west
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 223,314 people, 89,015 households, and 54,032 families residing in the county. The population density is 297/km² (769/mi²). There are 95,452 housing units at an average density of 127/km² (329/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 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 are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 89,015 households out of which 29.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.00% are married couples living together, 14.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.30% are non-families. 30.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 2.99.
In the county the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $43,337, and the median income for a family is $53,223. Males have a median income of $35,939 versus $30,683 for females. The per capita income for the county is $23,156. 13.40% of the population and 9.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.20% of those under the age of 18 and 12.30% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cities and towns
- Durham County government official website
- Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
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