Durham

Welcome to Durham

A Dynamic Blend of Historic Allure and Modern Energy
 
In the beating heart of North Carolina sits Durham, a vibrant city where Southern charm meets innovative spirit. Known as the "Bull City," Durham is a dynamic blend of historic architecture, cutting-edge research, and rich cultural diversity. Here, real estate options are as impressive as the city itself, offering a wide range of options, price points, and architectural styles. Residents have access to everything they need at their fingertips, from shopping and dining to public transportation and world-class healthcare and education.

Wander through the bustling streets of Downtown Durham, where historic warehouses have been transformed into trendy lofts, eclectic shops, and gastronomic delights. Explore the city's renowned research and educational institutions, including the prestigious Duke University, whose Gothic architecture adds a touch of elegance to the cityscape. Durham's food scene is a culinary dream, offering everything from down-home Southern cooking to globally-inspired cuisine. Art and music thrive here, with numerous galleries, theaters, and live music venues bringing the city's creative energy to life. Don't miss the chance to catch a Durham Bulls baseball game or to relax in one of the city’s lush parks. Whether you're soaking up the history, savoring the flavors, or indulging in the arts, Durham promises an enriching lifestyle.
 

What to Love

  • Lots of housing available, from historic homes to modern apartments
  • Close to trendy boutiques and top-rated bistros
  • World-renowned healthcare at Duke Hospital 
  • Well-connected public transportation makes navigating the city easy 
  • Picturesque green spaces, from parks and gardens to nature trails

Local Lifestyle

Durham's local lifestyle is an artful blend of community spirit and cultural enrichment. Residents find joy in community gatherings, whether it's a game day at Durham Bulls Athletic Park or a serene stroll through the historic West Point on the Eno Park. The city pulsates with events that celebrate its rich history, fostering a lifestyle where every moment feels like a chapter in a captivating novel.
 

Dining and Entertainment

Durham's culinary scene is a vibrant and diverse landscape that tempts the palate with an array of flavors and dining experiences. GRUB Durham stands out as a local favorite, offering a menu that combines comfort food with a twist of modern flair. Situated in a charming, retrofitted space, GRUB Durham creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for enjoying meals that are both hearty and inventive. From their famous burgers to creative vegetarian options, there's something to satisfy every craving. Another culinary gem in the city is Juju Durham, known for its Asian-inspired tapas and sophisticated ambiance. Here, guests can indulge in a journey of flavors, sampling a variety of small plates that fuse traditional Asian ingredients with contemporary culinary techniques.
 
For those seeking leisure activities beyond the dining table, Durham offers excellent options. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round at Treyburn Country Club, known for its beautifully designed course that provides both challenge and enjoyment for golfers of all skill levels. The lush fairways and well-maintained greens, set against the backdrop of North Carolina's natural beauty, make for a memorable golfing experience.
 
After a day on the links, nature lovers can explore the scenic beauty of West Point on the Eno Park. This tranquil park located along the Eno River offers a peaceful retreat with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Visitors can hike along the river, enjoy a picnic in one of the many shaded areas, or simply relax and take in the natural surroundings. The park's historic structures, including an operational grist mill, add historical interest to the natural beauty, making it a perfect destination for recreation and relaxation
 

Things to Do

One of the city's most treasured natural attractions is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Spanning over 55 acres, these meticulously maintained gardens are a tapestry of colorful floral displays, serene ponds, and diverse plant collections. Visitors can wander through themed gardens, including a stunning Asiatic arboretum and an interactive children's garden, making it a perfect destination for both avid gardeners and those looking for a peaceful escape.

Another natural gem in Durham is the Eno River State Park, which boasts miles of enchanting trails that meander along the scenic Eno River. This state park is ideal for hiking, picnicking, and wildlife watching, offering a serene backdrop for a day of exploration. The trails range in difficulty, providing options for casual strolls or more challenging hikes, and they often lead to beautiful vistas, quiet riverbanks, and historic sites like old mills.

For animal lovers, a visit to the Duke Lemur Center is an unforgettable experience. This unique facility is dedicated to the study and conservation of lemurs, housing one of the largest populations of these fascinating primates outside of Madagascar. Visitors can take guided tours to learn about the different lemur species, their habitats, and the conservation efforts to protect them. The center offers an up-close and personal experience with the lemurs, allowing guests to observe these intriguing animals in a setting that closely mimics their natural environment.
 

Schools

Residents in Durham have access to world-class secondary education from schools such as Duke University and North Carolina Central University, two exemplary universities offering top-quality instruction.
 

Overview for Durham, NC

279,106 people live in Durham, where the median age is 34.6 and the average individual income is $39,496. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

279,106

Total Population

34.6 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$39,496

Average individual Income

Around Durham, NC

There's plenty to do around Durham, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
34
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
40
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Evelyn’s Tex-Mex BBQ, Xpert Nutrition, and Global Suq.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.4 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.42 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.35 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.24 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.59 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.02 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Durham, NC

Durham has 117,638 households, with an average household size of 2.27. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Durham do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 279,106 people call Durham home. The population density is 2,458.29 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

279,106

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

34.6

Median Age

47.13 / 52.87%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
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117,638

Total Households

2.27

Average Household Size

$39,496

Average individual Income

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Schools in Durham, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Durham. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Carter Community Charter
PUBLIC
K - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
5/5
North Carolina Cyber Academy
PUBLIC
K - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Durham School of the Arts
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Little River K-8 School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Southern School of Energy and Sustainabi
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Morehead Montessori
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Middle College High School @ DTCC
PUBLIC
11th - 12th
4/5
Durham's Performance Learning Center
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Five Oaks Seventh-Day Adventist Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Triangle Day School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Our Playhouse Preschool & Kindergart
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Maureen Joy Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
KIPP Durham College Preparatory
PUBLIC
4th - 8th
No rating available
Y E Smith Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Lakewood Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
George L Carrington Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Forest View Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Merrick-Moore Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Southwest Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Hillside New Technical High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Sandy Ridge Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Lerner Jewish Community Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 11th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
1/5
Research Triangle Charter
PUBLIC
K - 8th
1/5
Reaching All Minds Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Club Boulevard Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
James E Shepard Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Fayetteville Street Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Pearsontown Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Sherwood Githens Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
DPS Hospital School
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
No rating available
J D Clement Early College High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Lakewood Montessori Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Faith Assembly Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Montessori School Of Durham
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Mount Zion Christian Academy
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Quality Education Institute Of Durham
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
International Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Montessori Farm School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Durham Academy Middle School Div
PRIVATE
5th - 8th
No rating available
Kestrel Heights School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
Central Park School For Child
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Global Scholars Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
Excelsior Classical Academy
PUBLIC
K - 9th
3/5
Eno Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Hillandale Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
George Watts Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Parkwood Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
E K Powe Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
R N Harris Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
C C Spaulding Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
W G Pearson Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Hope Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
City of Medicine Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Spring Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Cresset Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Trinity School Of Durham & Chapel Hill
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Hope Creek Academy
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Liberty Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available

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