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The 2000 Census showed that Durham County had a population of 223,314 people. This represented 2.77% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 6th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Durham had a population of 269,706 people. This is an increase of 20.77% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010267,587+19.83%-0.79% since 2009
2009269,706+20.77%+2.53% since 2008
2008263,048+17.79%+2.83% since 2007
2007255,800+14.55%+2.63% since 2006
2006249,253+11.62%+2.29% since 2005
2005243,674+9.12%+1.56% since 2004
2004239,939+7.44%+1.35% since 2003
2003236,753+6.02%+0.98% since 2002
2002234,451+4.99%+2.14% since 2001
2001229,542+2.79%+2.79% since 2000
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2000223,314The Last Census

Durham County had 95,452 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Durham County has a total area<3> of 297.8 square miles [771 km²]. Of this total, 290.3 square miles [751 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.51%) being water (7.47 square miles [19.36 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Durham County had a population density of 769 people per square mile [297 people/km²], making it the state's 3rd most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Durham County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Durham and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Durham County QuickFact (QF-37063).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Durham County:

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population
RaleighQF-3755000405,612276,09346.91%
DurhamQF-3719000229,171187,03522.53%
MorrisvilleQF-374452014,0185,208169.16%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Durham County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
ChathamQF-37037   SW64,77249,32931.31%
GranvilleQF-37077   NE57,63948,49818.85%
OrangeQF-37135   W129,083118,2279.18%
PersonQF-37145   N37,66735,6235.74%
WakeQF-37183   SE897,214627,84642.9%

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Census QuickFact for Durham County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Durham. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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