Located about a half an hour northwest of the state capital, Durham sits in the region of North Carolina known as the Piedmont. Along with Raleigh and Chapel Hill, it forms “The Triangle,” one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Business Insider recently named Raleigh-Durham as the 4th best place to live in the United States, so here are the top reasons to live in Durham.
Location, location, location
Durham is in a prime location. In about 30 minutes, you can drive to Raleigh or Chapel Hill. Charlotte, the largest city in the state, is just over two hours away, as is Wilmington and the beach. You can get to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in less than four hours by car.
The Raleigh-Durham International airport has flights from most major airlines and even three bargain airlines: JetBlue, Southwest, and Allegiant. Amtrak has a station in Durham as well.
Durham has a plethora of choices when it comes to schools. Public, private, Montessori, and charter schools are just some of the available options. Greatschools.org has rated several schools in the area a 10 out of 10, including the Durham School of the Arts and J D Clement Early College High School. The highly selective North Carolina School of Science and Math is also located here.
Durham is home to Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of Mount Olive at Research Triangle Park. It’s a short distance from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and several community colleges and private universities, making this an ideal location for people with kids who will be going to institutions for higher learning.
College sports are a big deal in North Carolina. The rivalries between the Blue Devils, Wolfpack, and Tarheels are huge, but you’ll also find fans of the App State Mountaineers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, UNC Charlotte 49ers, and ECU Pirates. Pick a team and then watch the game at iconic sports bar Satisfaction in the heart of Durham.
Although North Carolina doesn’t have a Major League Baseball team, the minor league Durham Bulls have stolen the hearts of the community, which is nicknamed Bull City. The Bulls opened their 2017 season with record-breaking attendance of over 52,000 paying fans at their first seven games. Make sure you come hungry too; the food stands feature regional favorites such as tater tot waffles, fried brussel sprouts, chili mac, and more.
The Streets at Southpoint is an indoor mall and beautiful outdoor shopping experience all in one place. Anchored by five department stores, this mall boasts over 150 stores and restaurants, including Cheesecake Factory, Barnes and Noble, Crate and Barrel, and more.
Another option for shopping is Northgate Mall which has Sears, a food court, a movie theater, and a trampoline park.
There are some pretty amazing things to do in Durham. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are the perfect place to spend a beautiful spring day. Also check out the 4,000 acre Eno River State Park where you can hike, camp, canoe, and go fishing. If it’s rainy or too hot, head indoors to the Museum of Life and Science. The Durham Performing Arts Center hosts hundreds of musical, comedy and Broadway shows every year. The Carolina Theater, built in 1923, features concerts and classic films.
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