Durham : North carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Durham

Durham is one of the key cities in the Research Triangle section of North Carolina. This vital town of over 225,000 (and growing fast) is home to Duke University. As a college town there is always something happening in Durham.  The cultural scene is very strong in Durham thanks to Duke University and local cultural institutions. Durham is close to Raleigh and Chapel Hill where additional opportunities for living and recreation are present. Thanks to tobacco,  the city's institutions are very well endowed. The American Tobacco Company is still headquartered here.


Where to Retire in Durham and Home Prices

You can live in town or in a development outside of town. There are many active adult and 55+ communities in the area (see link for Active Communities at top right), and see also the reviews on this site for Raleigh, Cary, and Chapel Hill.

Real Estate Values
Prices of homes have been relatively steady in this area. In the third quarter of 2016, the median selling price of a home was $244,400 according to the National Association of Realtors.


What is special about Durham

Duke University and its 13,000 students make Durham a special place. So does its location in the dynamic and fast growing Research Triangle.  The American Tobacco Trail, the American Tobacco district,  and other philanthropy from the tobacco giant have created many beneficial institutions and projects.  The Falls Lake Recreation Area is nearby.

What is not special about Durham

Rapid growth has led to congestion.   Living in a community whose wealth was created by tobacco might take some adjustment to.

Who will like retirement in Durham

People who want to live in a moderate climate in a dynamic region will like Durham.

Local economy is driven by

Education, health care, high-tech, and tobacco provide a diversified economy for the Durham area. The entire Research Triangle Park supports high employment and a strong business environment.

Climate and Physical Environment

Durham is just a few miles from Chapel Hill and near Raleigh in the north central area of North Carolina. The average July high temperature is 89 and the average January high is 49 (the average low is 28). The wettest month is March (5").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Popular cultural events in Durham include jazz festivals, blues festivals, symphony concerts, art exhibitions, and other cultural expositions, including the American Dance Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; The Carolina Theater shows both live performances and films; The Nasher Museum of Art; The Durham Association for Downtown Arts (DADA) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to supporting local artists; the downtown restaurant scene is reputed to be strong.



The crime rate is above the U.S. average.

Medical facilities

Duke University Hospital and Durham Regional Hospital serve the town.


The Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA) bus system offers public transit, buses have bike racks. The American Tobacco Trail has its northern terminus in downtown Durham. The Raleigh-Durham Airport offers convenient service. Duke University operates its own 30 bus transit system.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia for Durham
Visitors Bureau


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Facts about DURHAM
  • State: NC
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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