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Durham Community Guide for Durham County Buyers and Sellers

Considered the county seat of Durham County, the city of Durham is an iconic city that has a rich history within the state of North Carolina.

This city, which had a population of 245,000 residents as of 2013, is the core of the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Area and is also part of the Research Triangle area.

If you’re thinking about moving to the Triangle area, please take a few moments to learn about this community.

A Brief History of Durham

This community has roots that date back to the Native Americans, when the Eno and the Occoneechi inhabited the area.

After it was established by European settlers, this community really prospered thanks to its tobacco industry. In fact, Durham tobacco is still very iconic today.

The community was originally known as Durham Station because of its location on the railroad but by the time it was incorporated in April 1869, this community was named simply Durham after Dr. Bartlet Durham.

This 94.9-square-mile community continued to prosper and grow over the years and even has a prominent place in the history books because of the Civil Rights era.

A Look at Modern Day Durham

Today, this community is home to one of the most well-respected universities in the nation: Duke University.

In fact, Duke University and Duke University Health System are the city’s largest employers.

Here are some other prominent employers in the community:

  • IBM
  • Durham Public Schools
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • City of Durham
  • Fidelity Investments

This community has such a great local economy that it even ranked #10 on Forbes’s list of the Best Places for Business and Careers

Local Culture and Recreational Amenities

This community hosts a plethora of community events all year long, including jazz festivals, plays, blues festivals, symphony concerts, art exhibitions and so much more!

Meanwhile, Carolina Theatre is a prominent venue in the city, presenting concerts, comedy and even arts in historic Fletcher Hall.

The city also has the distinction of being the birth place of some pretty incredible bands, including Iron&Wine, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Red Clay Ramblers.


.And thanks to Duke’s location within the city, there’s certainly no shortage of college sports, including the men’s basketball team lead by Coach K.

Public and Private Education in the City

This community is served by the high-performing Durham Public Schools system, which is considered the eighth largest school district in North Carolina.

The district runs 46 public schools, consisting of 30 elementary, 10 middle, 2 secondary, and 12 high schools. Several magnet high schools are also in the area, such as the Durham School of the Arts and the City of Medicine Academy.

Meanwhile, there are also a number of charter schools in the area, including Research Triangle High School (a STEM HS in Research Triangle Park), Voyager Academy (K-12), Kestrel Heights School (K-12) and Maureen Joy Charter School (K-8).

And parents who prefer to send their children to private school should consider Durham Academy, Carolina Friends School, and the Duke School.

Buy Your Next Home in Durham, NC

If this sounds like the right fit for you and your family, then please contact me, Jennifer Jones, today.

I would love to assist you by answering all of your questions and also providing you with some valuable real estate resources. I’ll also tell you all about available listings here.

List Your Current Home in Durham

And please make sure to also connect with me if you’re interested in listing your home on the market.

I will work hard to ensure you get the best price possible for your home –and as quickly as possible too!

Questions? Just Ask!