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
- Educating Top Talent
- Healthcare in the “City of Medicine”
- Real Estate: Living & Investing
- Retiring is Great!
- South’s Best Food & Drink
- Vibrant Culture, World Famous Arts
- Nationally Recognized Sports & Recreation
- Eclectic Local Retail, Convenient Malls
- Numbers to Call
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.
Educating Top Talent
A Continued Focus on Education
Talent is one of Durham’s biggest assets. We pride ourselves on a continued focus on education at every level from daycare to PhD and adult education. If you’re reviewing your children’s educational options, we suggest reading Durham Magazine’s Navigating Schools issue.
Daycare and Early Childhood Education
Primary & Secondary Education
- Durham Public Schools
- North Carolina School of Science and Math
- Charter and Private Schools in Durham
Regional Universities and Colleges
- Duke University
- North Carolina Central University
- Durham Technical Community College
- NC State University
- UNC Chapel Hill
- The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham
- William Peace University
- Louisburg College
- Shaw University
- Saint Augustine’s University
- Campbell University
- Meredith College
- Wake Tech Community College
- Central Carolina Community College
- Nash Community College
- Johnston Community College
- Piedmont Community College
- Vance-Granville Community College
- Mount Olive College at the Triangle
- North Carolina Wesleyan College
- Strayer University
- Durham County Public Library
- Duke University Libraries
- Durham Technical Community College Library
- North Carolina Central University Libraries
Healthcare in the “City of Medicine”
City of Medicine USA
Since 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 Festival, CenterFest 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|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|
|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|
|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 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|
|Vehicles and License Plate Renewal||919-715-7000|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|City of Durham Solid Waste Management||919-560-4186|
|City of Durham Water Management||919-560-4344|
|Piedmont Electric Membership Corp||919-732-2123|
Sports and Recreation
|Durham Parks and Recreation||919-560-4355|
|Triangle Sports Commission||919-678-1651|
|Durham Bulls Baseball||919-687-6500|
|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)|
|Train Station (Durham)||919-956-7932|
|Triangle Transit Authority||919-485-RIDE (7423)|