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    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Durham is a city in North Carolina with a population of 251,761. Durham is in Durham County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Durham offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Durham there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Durham and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Durham are above average.
About Durham...
Population
251,761

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%
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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
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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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Overall, Durham is one of the most top visited cities in the metropolitan region. There's plenty of events, scenery, and lots of construction going on. Durham has lots of diversity, which is a plus! Not to mention, it is known as the City of Medicine. I have been a resident for more than 15 years, and I have enjoyed the experience overall. The only downside to growing up in Durham are the low performing schools compared to other competitive schools in nearby cities. The affordability is starting to diminish due to the growing size in population and commerce. Other than that, Durham is a nice place to live!
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Durham is an extremely delightful place. The weather is beautiful all around whilst attaining a taste of all seasons. Perfect in the way of diversity and a non-overwhelming population, this city brings more to residents than meets the eye. Durham is slowly improving everyday; politically, economically, and socially. There’s always a foreseeable future to this bright city, I’m proud to call it my home!
I love it here! This is a very diverse and good looking city with so many places to explore. There are things to do with your family, on dates and with kids. If you plan on coming here you must go to a Durham Bulls gave and afterwards have a slice of pizza at mellow mushroom. The city is very exciting and seems to never stop growing. This city truly offers everything that a person would want in a place they could call home.