Durham, North Carolina is located in the central portion of the state, halfway between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the pristine beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Both residents and visitors alike enjoy the host of cultural, historical, educational, and natural amenities that Durham has to offer. 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.
Durham’s diverse community makes it a cultural gem in North Carolina, while its thriving economic base continues to attract new investment from all over the globe. The presence of renowned colleges and universities, as well as the many high tech, biotech, and research based companies make Durham a great place for spin-offs and entrepreneurial start-ups.
Housing options range from downtown trendy loft-style apartments for young professionals and empty nesters to horse farms in the country; from new suburban developments for family-style living to historic neighborhoods in the heart of the city. No matter your preference you can find it here.
Durham also offers an abundance of daytime activities for the individual as well as for families of any size. If it’s adventure and outdoor life that you crave, kayak down the Eno River or stroll through the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. History buffs can take a trip back in time by touring one of Durham’s many historic sites like Duke Homestead, Bennett Place orStagville. Explore the Nasher Museum of Art or take the hands-on route by visiting the acclaimed Museum of Life and Science.
If sports is at the top of your list, you'll be happy to know that Durham and the Triangle have them all. Spend an evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to enjoy America’s favorite pastime or take a quick 15 minute trip to the RBC Center to check out the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes in action. When it comes to college basketball, we are fanatics! Join the Cameron Crazies at Duke University or cheer on the Eagles at North Carolina Central University. WithUNC-Chapel Hill just eight miles away and N.C. State 25 miles, you can enjoy collegiate sports nearly any time of the year.
“Live” is the theme for Durham’s vibrant night life. Enjoy a live performance at beautifully restored Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham or a live Broadway show, direct from New York at the new Durham Performing Arts Center. Listen to live music at one of the city’s free outdoor concert series or at one of downtown's new mixed-use developments like West Village, Brightleaf Square and American Tobacco Campus. Either before or after enjoying the live social scene, stop into one of the Triangle's, and the South's, best restaurants which are home to nationally renowned chefs.
Living in Durham is a great opportunity to experience a delightful mix of rich culture, fascinating history, terrific shopping, and an electrifying nightlife. View the Self-Guided Orientation to Durham.
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