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Pros

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

Cons

-Home prices
-Crime rates
-Hot, humid summers


What Bert Has To Say About Durham-Chapel Hill 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.



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Quick Facts About Durham


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Durham is 4.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Durham jobs have Increased by 2.25 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Durham's cost of living is 2.90% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Durham's population is 257,636 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 88.59 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 8 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Durham is $174,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 13.98 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Durham public schools spend $10,936 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.6 students per teacher in Durham.

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Durham is strange, if you are black or yankey Durham is a great town but otherwise... This is a backwater one horse town that does not like locals. The main employer in... (read more)
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Traffic is getting heavier because population in the area is increasing, but quality of life remains excellent. There are many activities for singles, couples, and... (read more)
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