Reasons to Choose Durham
Durham is consistently ranked one of the best places in the US to live, work, and retire. With mild weather, friendly people, and access to some of the best education and healthcare in the country, Durhamites enjoy a high quality of life. Below are just a few of the reasons that so many people choose to make Durham home.
- A Welcoming Community:
Ask any locals what makes Durham, Durham, and you're likely to hear a laundry list of superlatives. This is a community that's full of pride and ready to show it. It's proud of its diversity and of the way it welcomes newcomers who want to join the community. It's proud of the innovative research and entrepreneurialism that flourishes here and of the number of artists and creative people who call Durham home. It's proud of its history and of the growth path it's on. In short, it's proud to be the kind of place that interesting, progressive, passionate people want to call home.
- Jobs and a Thriving Economy:
With resources like Research Triangle Park, housing many Fortune 100 companies, as well as a booming startup culture, institutes connected to Duke University and North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and unique organizations like the National Humanities Center, Durham is able to offer opportunities to businesses and newcomers in a variety of fields. The accolades speak for themselves: Durham has been named America's eighth leading high-tech metro, as the small city with the second most economic potential, as one of the best cities to start a career in, and more.
- An Emphasis on Education:
Speaking of Duke, it's important to note that living in Durham means you're only a short drive (at most!) from leading professors, scholars, researchers, and writers. Duke was named the seventh best college in the country by the U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Duke is far from the only educational institution in town, too. NCCU was the first publicly support liberal arts college for African Americans in the country, and it carries on that legacy today, training new leaders in a variety of fields. Durham also offers a wide variety of primary and secondary education options, including the North Carolina School for Science and Math and the Durham School of the Arts.
- A Unique Combination of Urban and Rural:
Durham is a small city nestled into a small county. But it feels like much, much more. Because of all the resources mentioned above that are packed into the area, Durham offers all of the benefits of a large urban environment. It has the culture, the restaurants, and the industry. But it also keeps the small-town feel and the convenience that are lost in big cities - not to mention the lower cost of living. The community is friendly and welcoming. You can easily escape the urban environment on quick trips out to the Eno River or Falls Lake. In short, you can live in both worlds at once.
- A Full Calendar of Events & Things to Do:
Simply put, Durham is an energetic place full of things to do. Downtown Durham has flourished recently, and new, exciting developments are popping up all the time. There's the art and entertainment scene, full of museums, unique music clubs, and DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, one of the most popular theaters in the country. There are sports, with collegiate teams and the Durham Bulls, perhaps the most iconic minor league team you can find. And you don't win a title like Tastiest Town in the South by accident. You win it by being home to dozens of acclaimed restaurants, eateries, markets, food trucks, and other culinary destinations. You can also find shopping, with two malls, including the super-regional Streets at Southpoint, and a thriving group of unique local shops and boutiques purveying everything from antiques, to foodstuffs, to books and music. There's also over a century's worth of history - both in the museums and on the streets. You can also find the Museum of Life + Science, an experiential museum that's been acclaimed for its family-friendly programing, as well as almost 5,000 annual events. And more keeps coming, every day.