We are halfway between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the pristine beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Residents and visitors enjoy the many cultural, historical, educational, and natural amenities that Durham offers.  Our reasonable cost of living, first-class health care, sports teams, arts, entertainment, shopping options, and an abundance of the natural beauty typical of the Carolina Piedmont all contribute to the high quality of life that “Durhamites” enjoy.

In this section:

Why We Love Durham

Durham is big enough to interest city lovers and small enough to give you small town charm. If you have a dream, there are people here who will actively help you make it happen. If you want to raise a family, build a career, or get back to nature (yes, plenty of that too), Durham can help. We have a diverse community from artists to scientists and from many cultures and races.

It’s the funky cafes and the local music, the touring Broadway shows and the great farmers market, the cultural events and the wealth of  talented people. Durham is known as Black Wall Street for its longstanding financial institutions led by African Americans. We embrace diversity thought and experience to build a stronger community.

Durham has a unique combination of a growing economy, high quality of life, low cost of living, and a community that is physically active, mentally engaged, and completely welcoming.

Maybe it’s the tradition of southern hospitality or maybe it’s the good weather, but the people here are just plain friendly!

Look through the gallery, browse our website, and check out the Convention and Visitors Bureau for even more information.

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Healthcare in the “City of Medicine”

City of Medicine USA

Emergency Medical PersonnelSince 1981, Durham has proudly proclaimed itself as the City of Medicine USA. An exhaustive study conducted at the time confirmed that no other city in America exceeded Durham’s variety of fine hospitals and allied medical facilities, prestigious teaching institutions, innovative research laboratories, and major healthcare corporations.

Durham is home to the Duke University Health System and Duke Children’s Hospital as well as a host of other healthcare facilities that are leaders in the healthcare field. Specialty hospitals and healthcare facilities like EmergeOrtho also provide valuable health services.

Today, the City of Medicine maintains an even stronger claim to its title with nearly one-third of the Durham workforce employed in health-related occupations.

Durham County Medical Facts:

  • Duke Medicine is one of the best hospitals in the country and #1 in the state
  • Duke Regional Hospital is #6 in the state
  • 4 times the National Average of Physicians
  • 3 times the National Average of Nurses
  • Hospitals caring for more than 70,000 annually
  • 3rd Largest Medical School in the Nation

Real Estate: Living & Investing

Find a fitting home in Durham!

Durham offers several housing options from urban living in loft-style apartments to suburban single-family homes. You’ll find affordable housing options from starter homes to high-end executive living.

Contact Berkshire Hathaway for relocation and home buying services or browse the links below.



Retiring is Great!

A community that welcome retirees

CNNMoney ranked Durham the No. 1 place to retire in the U.S.

Durham is a community that welcomes retirees, so whether you’re an active live-life-to-the-fullest person or if you just want to kick back and watch the clouds breeze by, we hope you’ll choose to be here!

A vibrant arts and cultural community, retirees can’t help but find activities and events that interest them. From the Durham Symphony to annual events like Full Frame Documentary FestivalCenterFest and the American Dance Festival to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and more, there are great opportunities for you taking place every day.

If the outdoors is your thing, as it is for many retirees, we’ve got miles and miles of groomed trails and paved walkways throughout Durham County. There are organized walks and informal group hikes along the Eno River and a beautiful 3-mile trail around the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. If you’re even more active, these are great places for running and biking like the American Tobacco Trail.

Durham has a tremendous advantage over many communities for retirees because it’s the “City of Medicine”. We have prominent hospitals such as Duke Medical Center and Duke Regional Hospital, complemented by specialty and community hospitals, clinics and urgent care centers, and physicians with specialties for every medical condition.

Residential living offers an array of options, from single family homes, retirement and assisted living communities with multiple levels of care, in-home health care, nursing homes with in-house medical professionals and urban downtown lofts to quiet horse farms in the county.

South’s Best Food & Drink

Southern Living called Durham the “South’s Tastiest Town”. It’s the eclectic mix of farmers, bakers, culinary artists, brewers, and baristas that make Durham a food and drink haven.

Each year, more and more local dining options open to the excitement of people from across the region.  Places like Scratch Bakery make truly delicious pies, while the cool coffee, chocolate, and wine bar Cocoa Cinnamon invites both regulars and casual passersby.

Meanwhile, Mateo Tapas combines traditional Spanish cuisine with a distinctly southern flair. From brick oven pizza to homemade ice cream to the constantly packed Dame’s Chicken and Waffles, Durham offers wide mix of food options.  North Carolina’s best BBQ is served up by long time favorites like Bullocks and newer establishments like The Pit Durham.

Similarly, you’ll find a variety of local brew pubs, distilleries, and cocktail experiences that will transport you from the Appalachian Mountains to New York City depending on your drink of choice.


Vibrant Culture, World Famous Arts

Durham’s rich and colorful history contributes to its diverse arts and culture scene.

Whether it’s a tour of Black Wall Street, a visit to an old tobacco farm at Duke Homestead, or a day at the American Dance Festival, Durham offers a wide variety of engaging, cultural activities.

See a Broadway show at the Durham Performing Arts Center (#3 most visited performing arts venue in the nation!) or visit the historic Carolina Theatre for a feature film or nationally touring musical artist.

Learn more about Durham’s wonderful Arts and Entertainment information.



Nationally Recognized Sports & Recreation

Whether golf is your game or it’s Mother Nature calling your name, the possibilities are endless in Durham. The City’s Parks & Rec team supports a variety of green spaces offering concerts, films, or simply a beautiful place to relax.

From miles of greenways and trails to the some of the Triangle’s best golf courses.  From the world famous Duke vs. UNC rivalry to the talented teams of NC Central University.  Can’t forget the Durham Bulls and the nearby Carolina Hurricanes.

Remember, from Durham you can drive to the Appalachian mountains or the beautiful coastline in only 3 hours.

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Eclectic Local Retail, Convenient Malls

Durham has variety. From eclectic local to nationally known, retailers in Durham serve all your shopping needs. You can find unique, handmade gifts from around the world just as easily as a new set of tires at a good price.

Local Retailers

From vintage clothes to hand crafted artifacts, Durham is home to a variety of local retailers. In addition to Downtown Durham, visit 9th Street or Historic Brightleaf District for shopping and dining in a distinctly Durham environment of historic buildings and a creative, entrepreneurial culture.


In Durham, Northgate Mall and The Streets of Southpoint offer premier shopping, dining, and entertainment. Our malls offer a wide variety of stores including many popular brands. In addition, convenient shopping centers throughout Durham provide everything from wholesale groceries to furniture, tires, and mattresses.


Numbers to Call

Emergency Numbers

All Emergencies (Police, Fire, and Rescue) 911
Durham County Department Of Emergency Management 919-560-0660
Durham Emergency Communications Center 919-560-4500 ext 16274
Durham Regional Poison Control Center 800-672-1697

Non-Emergency Numbers

CrimeStoppers 919-683-1200
Durham County Sherriff’s Office 919-560-0897
Durham Fire Department 919-560-4242
Durham Police Department 919-560-4600
North Carolina Highway Patrol Durham Office 919-560-6868

Government Numbers

Animal Control Durham County 919-560-0630
Board of Commissioners, Durham County 919-560-0025
Board of Elections, Durham County 919-560-0700
Board of Elections, State 919-733-7173
City Clerk, City of Durham 919-560-4166
City Government, Main Office 919-560-1200
County Courts 919-564-7070
County Government, Public Information 919-560-0000
Department of Transportation North Carolina 1-877-DOT-4YOU
Durham License Office, East 919-560-6896
Durham License Office, South 919-560-3378
Durham County Library (Main) 919-560-0100
Employment Security Commission of NC 1-888-737-0259
Employment Training Office 919-560-4121
Foreign Trade Zone (Triangle J Council of Gov.) 919-558-9403
Tax Assessor (Property) 919-560-0300
Gun Permits, Sheriff Worth Hill 919-560-0905
Internal Revenue Service Tax Payer Assistance 919-401-0300
Marriage Licenses, Register of Deeds 919-560-0480
NC Department of Commerce 919-733-4151
NC Department of Labor (Durham) 919-807-2796
NC Department of Revenue-Collection 1-877-252-3052
NC Department of Transportation 1-877-DOT-4YOU
DMV-Driver License Services 919-715-7000
Post Office (Main) 919-683-1188
Privilege Licenses (City of Durham) 919-560-4700
Public Affairs, City of Durham 919-560-4123 ext 11229
Public Health Department, Durham County 919-560-7600
Public School, Durham 919-560-2000
Social Security Administration 888-759-3908
Tax Administration, Durham County 919-560-0300
U.S. Customs 919-467-3487
Vehicles and License Plate Renewal 919-715-7000
Veterans Services 919-286-0411

Citizen Services

Airport Authority 919-840-2100
Better Business Bureau 919-277-4222
Board of Realtors 919-403-2117
Durham Convention Center 919-956-9404
Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau 919-687-0288
Durham County Library (Main) 919-560-0100
Consumer Protection/Attorney General 919-716-6000
County Maps 919-560-4122
Child Care Council 919-403-6950
Downtown Durham Inc 919-682-2800
Durham Arts Council 919-560-2787
Hayiti Heritage Center 919-683-1709
Herald Sun News Paper Circulation 919-419-6900
Homebuilders Assoc. of Durham-Chapel Hill 919-493-8899
Museum of Life and Science 919-220-5429
NC Restaurant Association 919-844-0098
Phone Directories 800-888-8448
Physicians: Duke Physician Referral Service 855-855-6484
Physicians: Durham Regional Physician Locator 888-275-3853
Research Triangle Foundation 919-549-8181
Durham Center for Senior Life 919-688-8247


Time Warner Cable 919-595-4892
Durham Water and Sewer (Information) 919-560-1200
Duke Energy 919-687-3237
City of Durham Solid Waste Management 919-560-4186
City of Durham Water Management 919-560-4344
Frontier Communications 800-376-6843
Piedmont Electric Membership Corp 919-732-2123
PSNC Energy 877-776-2427
Verizon 919-477-1269

Sports and Recreation

Durham Parks and Recreation 919-560-4355
Triangle Sports Commission 919-678-1651
Durham Bulls Baseball 919-687-6500

Higher Education

Duke University (Information) 919-684-8111
Durham Technical Community College 919-636-7200
North Carolina Central University 919-530-6100


Bus (DATA-Durham Area Transit Authority) 919-560-1551
Bull City Connector 919-485-RIDE (7423)
Duke University Transit 919-684-PARK (7275)
Greyhound 919-687-4800
Train Station (Durham) 919-956-7932
Triangle Transit Authority 919-485-RIDE (7423)