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
$182,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$889
National
$928
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.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    519
    273
  • Murder
    13
    6
  • Rape
    29
    41
  • Robbery
    286
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,235
    525
  • Theft
    2,645
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    237
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$50,420
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%
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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!
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Durham is a Food City, there are tons of great food options and food trucks! Parts of Durham have really grown and become such an awesome area but the traffic is terrible. I have never lived in a city where people run so many stop lights, its dangerous and I have witnessed many accidents. I have also witnessed people blowing through a stop light in front of a cop and they don't do anything!
Durham is where I grew up and currently live and it's. So much more less appealing to me as a place to call home. And I wish I had the resources to move somewhere else. Our city is more catered to out of towners and wealthy individuals pr middle class people and less for people who have lived all of their lives here and really love the city for how vibrant and peaceful it used to be.Neighbors would speak and ask you over for dinner and invite you parties but now everyone is rushing inside there doors without a glance at you! Everyone has a chip on their shoulder or don't speak if you speak to them !