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Overview

Introduction to Durham

Durham, North Carolina has an active and vibrant community that results in the city consistently being ranked as one of the top places to live in the country. It has been rated number one out of 274 other counties of similar size on the Creativity Index from Carnegie Mellon University. The area is home to Research Triangle Park, Duke University, North Carolina Central, as well as historic homes, tree-lined streets, and a number of notable golf courses. Money Magazine has voted Durham one of the Best Places to Live in the South. Durham’s history is rich and its future is progressive, with an emphasis on high technology, education, and medicine. The city is known as the City of Medicine.

Durham Culture

There is quite a range of cultural activities and resources in Durham. The city has numerous jazz festivals, blues festivals, symphony concerts, and art exhibitions to choose from. The American Dance Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival happen here every year. The Carolina Theatre resides at the center of Durham’s cultural scene, with live performances and films from around the world. The city is host to an annual Gay and Lesbian film festival, drawing people from across the country. The culinary offerings of the city are plentiful and delicious, including restaurants in the Ninth Street, Brightleaf, and University Drive areas of town.

Durham Sports and Leisure

For baseball fans, Durham has the Duke University Blue Devils, which play from February to May. The Durham Bulls baseball club is a popular minor league team that plays in Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which was designed by the architects of Baltimore’s Camden Yards. Durham Bulls Athletic Park is also home to the USA Olympic Baseball Team and other national teams. For Basketball, there’s the Duke University Blue Devils and the North Carolina Central University Eagles team, which play in Division I and Division II, respectively. For football fans, the Blue Devils and the Eagles both deliver, and football can be seen at both O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium and Wallace Wade Stadium. The city also has Duke University LaCrosse, Crystal Downs Polo, and soccer at Kosken Stadium and Wallace Wade Stadium.

Durham Outdoors

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy in and around the city of Durham. The American Tobacco Trail has 12 miles of trails from downtown to the county line that offer residents good access for biking, hiking, walking, or jogging. At Eno River State Park, visitors can enjoy bird-watching, canoeing, rafting, fishing, and hiking. Crane Creek Ranch has English and western horseback riding lessons, as well as leased horses, pasture boarding, and acres of riding trails. Boating, sailing, fishing, hiking, and rock hounding can be enjoyed at the Flat River.

Durham at Night

There is an abundance and variety of nightlife in the city of Durham to satisfy just about anyone. There’s the All People’s Grill that features live blues every Saturday night. Arnie’s Place has billiards, a bar and grill, darts, and karaoke. The Blayloc Café is a martini bar serving pizza, soups, salads, and sandwiches and featuring artwork and photography on the walls. The Broad Street Café has cozy chairs that patrons can curl up in and drink a steamy latte or have a slice of cheesecake.

People

Total Population 246,084
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 9.9%
Employed Population 16+ 122,477
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 40.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.4%
Median Earnings25+ $36,514
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,131
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,662

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,714
% Above Poverty Level 80.8%
% Below Poverty Level 19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $889
Median House Value $182,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 5.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Durham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 21 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Durham
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27701, 27703, 27704, 27705, 27706, 27707, 27712, 27713
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27702, 27708, 27709, 27715, 27717, 27722
Company Zip Codes 27710, 27711
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.993
Longitude -78.898

Durham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DURHAM
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 49 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Station CHAPEL HILL 2 W
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Station OXFORD 1 E
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Durham, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Durham (27701, 27703)

Eno Valley (27712)

North Durham (27712)

Research Triangle Park (27709)

Shannon Plaza (27707)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carrboro 20,639 $85,255
Chapel Hill 58,766 $115,016
Creedmoor 4,289 $74,276
Hillsborough 6,316 $69,406
Morrisville 21,726 $105,306
Stem 859 $68,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Durham Public Libraries

Library
Durham County Library
300 N. ROXBORO STREET
Durham, North Carolina
(919) 560-0164
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Durham Hospitals

NORTH CAROLINA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1110 W MAIN ST
(919) 956-9300
Emergency Service: Yes

DURHAM REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
3643 N ROXBORO ROAD
(919) 470-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
PO BOX 3708 DUMC ERWIN RD
(919) 684-8111
Emergency Service: Yes

Durham VA Medical Center
(VA)
508 Fulton Street
(919) 286-0411 or (888) 878-6890
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C E JORDAN HIGH
6806 GARRETT ROAD
919-560-3912
Serves 1,846 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

RIVERSIDE HIGH
3218 ROSE OF SHARON ROAD
919-560-3965
Serves 1,750 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

NORTHERN HIGH
117 TOM WILKINSON ROAD
919-560-3956
Serves 1,602 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

SOUTHERN HIGH
800 CLAYTON ROAD
919-560-3968
Serves 1,471 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

HILLSIDE HIGH
3727 FAYETTEVILLE ST
919-560-3925
Serves 1,460 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

DURHAM SCH OF THE ARTS
400 NORTH DUKE STREET
919-560-3926
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,401 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

NC SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATH
1219 BROAD STREET
919-286-3366
Serves 595 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

KESTREL HEIGHTS SCH
1915 CHAPEL HILL ROAD
919-403-9194
A Charter School.
Serves 161 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

LAKEVIEW SCHOOL
3507 DEARBORN DRIVE
919-560-2520
A Non-traditional School
Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.9

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