The city’s diversity, highly educated residents, affordable housing costs and large portion of young adults make it one of the Top 10 Best College Towns.
Livability also ranked Durham No. 29 in its Top 100 Best Places to Live
North Carolina Central University has the proud distinction of being the first public, liberal arts institution in the nation for African-Americans. NCCU is smack-dab in the middle of one of the most advanced, research hubs in the state. The hub, known as the Research Triangle, is where the university advances its rigorous research endeavors, focusing on the biomedical, informational, computational, behavioral, and social and health science fields.
The Durham Performing Arts Center opened in 2008 and is among the largest such centers in the U.S. It hosts hundreds of events and performances every year, including the American Dance Festival, one of the premier dance festivals in the world. Durham is also home to a music scene that boasts a number of independent record labels, including Merge Records, and has produced multiple national acts over the past decade.
NOTE: DPAC just announced their seventh record-breaking season and a #2 ranking in the U.S.
Ranked at No. 22 this year, Duke University’s The most popular undergraduate majors are economics, public policy, biomedical engineering, biology and psychology. About 48% of freshmen receive grants from the school averaging over $40,000. Duke’s undergraduate programs are housed in four colleges, including the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering.
NOTE: Duke was also named one of the best colleges to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Raleigh-Durham area has the fourth-highest concentration of technology job openings. The tech jobs in highest demand are QA engineer, software engineer, web developer, network engineer and network operations.