Durham has the highest share of creative class workers in the U.S. The creative class makes up 48.4 percent of its workforce according to updated figures compiled for Richard Florida. Metro areas were ranked by the concentration of creative class workers from Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
The ranking actually draws on the entire Durham Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which includes Durham, Chatham, Orange and Person counties. Not surprisingly, creative class workers are drawn to vibrant communities with a strong arts scene. Durham, as the largest city in its MSA, is more of a magnet than the Silicon Valley city of San Jose or greater New York City.
Richard Florida’s 2002 book The Rise of the Creative Class identified the innovative thinkers of the knowledge economy, including artists along with entrepreneurs and creative professionals in science and technology.
Read Florida’s post in The Atlantic Cities.