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Overview

Introduction to Durham, New Hampshire

Durham, New Hampshire, in Strafford county, is 25 miles N of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 54 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Durham History

Originally known as the Oyster River Plantation because of its location at the mouth of the Oyster River, Durham was first settled in by Europeans in 1635. After being attacked by the French during King William’s War in 1694, Durham was rebuilt in 1716 and incorporated as a town in 1732. The town was named in honor of the Bishop of Durham, England.

Durham and nearby Attractions

  • University Museum
  • Durham Historic Association Museum
  • Oyster River Park
  • Stolworthy Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Adams Point Wildlife Area

Things To Do In Durham

The Durham Historic Association Museum and the University Museum provide insight into the city’s cultural and social heritage. Durham is also home to a large number of parks and outdoor recreational spots, including the Stolworthy Wildlife Sanctuary and the Adams Point Wildlife Area, which provide walking trails amidst the area’s greenery and wildlife. The Oyster River Park is also worth visiting.

Durham Transportation

Airport transportation is available from Pease International Airport.

Durham Higher Education

The University of New Hampshire is the local institute of higher learning in Durham. Other nearby institutes are Northern Essex Community College, Merrimack College and New Hampshire College.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,934
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens7.6%
Employed Population 16+7,050
Age of the Population21

Families

% of people married23%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher76.4%
Median Earnings25+$55,809
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,341

Wealth

Median Family Income$124,118
% Above Poverty Level76.4%
% Below Poverty Level23.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work31.8%
% Using Public Transportation5%

Housing

People Living Alone21.2%
Median Gross Rent$981
Median House Value$354,900

Ancestry

Irish27.4%
Italian17.7%
English14.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13%
French Except Basque8.4%
Canadian7.3%
Polish5.5%
Scottish4.4%
Swedish4.4%
Russian2.7%
Portuguese1.8%
Norwegian1.7%
Greek1.4%
Dutch1.4%
Arab1.3%
US/American1%
Finnish0.8%
Lithuanian0.8%
African0.6%
Iranian0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Egyptian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Czech0.2%
German0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
South African0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Cypriot0.1%
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Durham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Strafford County
Standard Zip Codes3824
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.13
Approximate Longitude-70.92

Durham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationDURHAM
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches
StationEPPING
Distance10.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches
StationMASSABESIC LAKE
Distance26.1 miles
Jan Temp5 to 32 F
Apr Temp29 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 82 F
Oct Temp32 to 61 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dover30,750$80,615
Lee4,388$112,576
Madbury1,844$115,978
Newington839$110,000
Newmarket8,928$94,137
Stratham7,361$124,848

Durham Public Libraries

Durham Public Library
49 MADBURY ROAD
Durham, New Hampshire
(603) 868-6699

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Durham Public Schools

Oyster River High School
55 Coe Dr.
ZIP: 3824
(603) 868-2375
High
Total Enrollment 719
Oyster River Middle School
1 Coe Dr.
ZIP: 3824
(603) 868-2155
Middle
Total Enrollment 679

Durham Private Schools

Child Study & Development Center
22 Okane Rd
ZIP: 3824
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
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