Durham : North carolina

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What Durham is like for active adults

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.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

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 mid 2014, the median selling price of a home was about $203,800 according to the National Association of Realtors.

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What is special about this retirement community
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.
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What is not special about this retirement community
Rapid growth has led to congestion.   Living in a community whose wealth was created by tobacco might take some adjustment to.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People who want to live in a moderate climate in a dynamic region will like Durham.
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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.
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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").
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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.

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Crime
The crime rate is above the U.S. average.
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Medical facilities
Duke University Hospital and Durham Regional Hospital serve the town.
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Transportation
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.
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Valuable Links
Wikipedia for Durham
Visitors Bureau
Retirement Communities Durham NC
Independent Living Retirement Communities Durham NC
Active Adult Communities Durham NC
Continuing Care Retirement Communities Durham NC
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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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