Durham County is North Carolina’s 6th most populous county and the City of Durham is the 4th largest municipality in the state.


The population of Durham County is 267,587 in 2010. Over the previous decade, the County’s population has grown by more than 41,500, representing an increase of about 20%. This increase represented 11 new residents and five new households for every day of the past 10 years. Natural growth (births minus deaths) accounted for a little more than 1/3 of the increase, while net migration (in-migration minus out-migration) accounted for a little less than 2/3. 

Much of Durham County’s growth occurred within the City of Durham. The City's population grew from 187,035 to 228,330 during the period 2000-2010, representing a decade-long increase of 22%. By the end of calendar year 2015, Durham County’s population had grown to 293,492.  The City of Durham’s population increased to 252,800 during the same period.

The City expanded in size from about 98 square miles in 2000 to over 106 square miles in 2010. By mid-2016, the City had grown to 110.5 square miles in extent.


Durham Population, July 2016 (PDF)
Durham County Population Growth, 2010-2016 (PDF)
City of Durham Population Growth, 2010-2016 (PDF)
Population Growth Centers, 2010-2016 (PDF
Population by Race, 2016 (PDF)
Hispanic and Non-Hispanic, 2016 (PDF)
Hispanic and Non-Hispanic by Race, 2016 (PDF)
Population by Age-Cohort, 2010 and 2016 (PDF)
Population Projections (PDF)


Existing Housing by Type (PDF)
New Housing Units Added, 2010-2016 (PDF)
New Housing Added by Development Tier, 2010-2016 (PDF)
Housing Affordability, 2016 (PDF)
Housing Affordability and Subsidized Housing (PDF)


Employment, 2001-2014 (PDF)
Job Growth, 2010-2014 (PDF)
Unemployment Rate, 2010-2016 (PDF)


Median Household Income, 2010-2015 (PDF)

If you have questions concerning these data or require further information, contact Scott Whiteman, Policy and Urban Design Manager, at 919-560-4137, ext. 28253.