Durham, also known as the “Bull City” is one of the three cities that make up what is known locally as the “Triangle”, namely Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham. Also referred to as the “Research Triangle” It is comprised of the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Duke university, all major research universities and if you were to look at their locations on a map, it creates the shape of, you guessed it, a triangle. This area is also known for being a center for biotech and technology companies , it was named # 17 on the list of “Best Places for Business and Careers 2019” by Forbes Magazine, and is famously home to Duke hospital, a large driver of jobs and cutting edge research. Here is a list of some of the best employers in Durham
With access to a growing job market, world class universities and healthcare, Durham continues to grow. According to the Census Bureau Durham has a population of 321,488 with a median household income of $ 58,190 and a median housing value of $209,300 (based on 2014 -2018 numbers).
Moving to durham is also appealing to many young professionals and many people moving south to get away from the cold.
Durham has a thriving foodie scene with many mom and pop restaurants (check out the Chicken hut!) in addition to more upscale dining spots, there is something for everyone. Here are some popular choices.
the Durham Performing Arts Center holds all kinds of concerts, plays and musicals all year long for music and live theatre lovers, and of course college sports are big around here; are you a Blue Devil or a Tar heel? If you are moving here you will need to know!
The cost of living in Durham is 11% below the national average while housing is 27% below that average! For many coming over from the west and North these two factors alone make life here a great option for growing families and even young professionals.
Durham residents have access to many great vacation spots and leisure activities; a four hour drive west and they are in the mountains where they can enjoy the beautiful blue ridge parkway and even ski in winter up in Boone. An even shorter drive east and they can enjoy beautiful beaches on the coast, while Golf lovers can be in Pinehurst, which calls itself the “American Home of Golf” in just a short hour and fifteen minute drive.
This brings me to my personal favorite attraction in Durham, the Durham Bulls. If you like minor league baseball, this is a great team that play their home games at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, right in the heart of the downtown area. This teams’ claim to fame is the very successful movie “Durham Bull”, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon who shot much of the movie locally. The movie is based on the Minor league baseball experience of its director Ron Shelton and also based on the Bull Durham players and their fans. If you haven’t seen it yet go watch it!
The real estate market in Durham, like much of the rest of the triangle is a sellers market right now, with a low level of inventory, homes hitting the market go quickly. New construction is rushing to meet the demand while the downtown area has also seen lots of rejuvenation and development.
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