Known as the Bull City and The City of Medicine, Durham is a vibrant and historically rich city located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. As part of the Research Triangle Park (RTP) made up by Duke University, UNC and NC State University, it's no surprise that Durham is among the brainiest cities in the country and has received numerous accolades (PDF) for its creative and entrepreneurial communities.
People love living in Durham because its mild climate, picturesque surroundings, and all the great activities for foodies, sports fans, theatre and art connoisseurs and outdoor enthusiasts.
Among top university cities and the Triangle region, Durham has a relatively low ACCRA composite cost of living index. Compare the cost of living in Durham to other cities.
Things to See and Do
Durham is a great place to dine out with lots of small local businesses to choose from. Check out Carpe Durham for an extensive list of restaurant reviews.
2) Get Outdoors
On Duke's campus there are wooded jogging trails in the Duke Woods and flowered strolling trails in the Duke Gardens. If you want to get off campus for a hike or primitive overnight camping, check out the Eno River and Occoneechee State Parks named after the two Native American tribes who inhabited the Durham area.
3) Arts, Theatre and Festivals
There are lots of great shows, music, festivals and art walks in and around Durham all year round. Some favorites include:
- Durham Performing Arts Center
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April)
- Festival for the Eno (July)
- World Beer Festival (April)
- Bull Durham Blues Festival (September)
- Third Fridays Art Exhibitions (Monthly)
People in Durham are serious about their college sports. People camp out in Krzyzewskiville just to get tickets to Duke basketball games (top left). In addition to basketball, Durhamites love to attend Bulls Baseball games in the new stadium and we even have a professional hockey team, the Hurricanes.
Climate and Setting
Durham is heavily wooded city with 98,000 acres of hard wood and evergreen forests. There are 7,800 acres of cropland, hills, dales and meandering river. Durham is home to 26 rare plant species and several rare birds and mammals. Although the climate is mild, we still have seasons in Durham: the leaves change and we get a dusting of snow a few times in the winter. However, even winter months have a few days when you don't need a coat and you can do outdoor activities year round.
Explore North Carolina
A scenic vacation is never far from Durham with sandy Atlantic beaches and Smoky Mountain peaks within a few hours drive. Some popular, near-by cities to visit are Wilmington, N.C.; Asheville, N.C.; Old Salem, N.C.; Williamsburg, VA and Washington D.C.