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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Durham County is located in North Carolina with a population of 300,865. Durham County is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Durham County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Durham County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Durham County and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$195,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$966
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Durham County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    467.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    316.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    867.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,675.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    283.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Durham County

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,393
National
$55,322

Durham County Reviews

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Durham is very diverse and the crime rate is low. The community sticks together and is very family friendly. Durham is energetic and downtown is really beautiful with lots of things to do. Durham also has one of the best schools in the nation ..DUKE! And last but not least, its the city of medicine.
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Durham is beautiful and very diverse. Downtown is always adding more restaurants, living spaces and nightlife. Like any town there are good areas and bad but we love it! I grew up in Durham County, moves away and came back! I can’t imagine living anywhere else!
Durham is a small city. You'll literally see the same faces everywhere. The people are nice. You'll have a lot in common with people around the community, such as attending the same public schools to even attending the same public college. Downtown Durham has a lot of delicious restaurants and cool museums. Nice scenery too!