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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Housing
    B-
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A
  5. Diversity
    A+
  6. Jobs
    A-
  7. Weather
    B
  8. Cost of Living
    B-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  11. Commute
    B+
Durham County is located in North Carolina with a population of 306,457. Durham County is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. In Durham County, 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
$209,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,014
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Durham County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

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

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
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    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
$58,190
National
$55,322

Durham County Reviews

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I love the diversity of Durham NC. Its a vibrant city that offers a lot of opportunity for growth and small businesses. I do wish it was more green, offering better bike-ways. The city public transportation is great though!
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Durham county has been a very interesting place to live. The overall crime rates are fairly high in some locations, the public school systems are not even close to meeting national averages, and the county itself seems to be lacking authority. Durham's population has skyrocketed over the past 7 years, however, the roads have not been improved and there has been scarce new housing developments. The town has become overpopulated and very crowded. Durham does have a very wide array of people, and it's a booming place for career opportunities of you are interested in the medical industry. Just like in every city, there is good and bad. Parts of the city are very well maintained and pristine, while others are worn down and need help. Overall, Durham has amazing potential, but has not yet achieved it.
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.