A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$183,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$913
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%

Durham Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    519
    283
  • Murder
    13
    6
  • Rape
    29
    41
  • Robbery
    286
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,235
    500
  • Theft
    2,645
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    237
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,115
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%
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There area is still in a transition. It used to be a lower income city but then South Point mall created a chain reaction. More and more businesses were built and the majority of the city is now great to live in. My internship is at the AICPA, which is also in Durham. Out of 2 offices in the U.S, the AICPA chose Durham! That speaks volumes to the professional growth of the city. Public school is a giant nightmare. Schools are overcrowded and their education system is constantly changing. On the flip side, the universities are so great in the RDU area.
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Durham, NC is my hometown and I always find myself coming home. Durham has its share of positives and negatives just like every other city. I personally live on the outskirts of Durham so commute times are a bit longer for me. There are plenty of hospitals and clinics in the area (which I visit quite often). Despite the negative attention Veteran Affairs clinics have been receiving in the media, the Durham VA is pretty nice and a good amount of doctors that work there are amazing and do what they can to make sure their patients are comfortable. There are a lot of amazing shops - chain and local. A variety of eateries of different cuisine. Museums and parks that children will love. The Durham Museum of Life and Science is one that my family frequently visits. The kids love it so much that we purchased a annual membership!
If you're looking for a city full of diversity and greatness, Durham is the place to come. There's never a dull moment when you're out and about with friends and family. Downtown Durham is probably by far the best place to hang out, take a relaxing walk at the American Tobacco Trail, or stop by and grub at the nearby cafe's and restaurants. There's always so much occurring in this city!