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-College-town amenities
-Attractive residential areas
-Strong economy


-Home prices
-Crime rates
-Hot, humid summers

What Bert Has To Say About Durham Metro Area

Previously, the so-called “Durham” metro area was part of the larger Research Triangle triumvirate of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area. Now Raleigh, and the large suburban enclave of Cary, have been split off into a metro area of that name, leaving the western half of the former metro area under the name Durham. The Durham area includes Chapel Hill, so on the surface, the two major cities in the area are both college towns – Durham is home to Duke University, while Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina. But that’s where the similarities end. Durham is an old tobacco town, not too prosperous, not too interesting but livable. Some of the old tobacco processing plants in town add some historic interest.


Quick Facts About Durham

    The unemployment rate in Durham is 4.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Durham jobs have Increased by 1.64 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Durham's cost of living is 2.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Durham's population is 229,963 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 20.07 percent.
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Durham is $148,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.60 percent.
    Durham public schools spend $11,884 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.2 students per teacher in Durham.

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