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Overview
Population:229,963
Pop. Change:20%
State: North Carolina
Metro Area: Durham Metro Area
County: Durham County
City:Durham
Zip Code:27705, 27713, ... 8 total
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Durham's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Durham Metro Area

Profile: College town(s) Mid-sized-city complex

Location: Northeast-central North Carolina, 40 miles south of Virginia border

Elevation: Eastern Standard Time

Time zone: 441

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College-town amenitiesHome prices
Attractive residential areasCrime rates
Strong economyHot, humid summers

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. Chapel Hill, on the other hand, is a model college town, with the usual nice small-shop and restaurant oriented downtown, plenty of trees, and a vibrant, moderately upscale feel. Homes in the Chapel Hill area are set on large wooded lots and are noticeably more expensive. Employment is strong and stable throughout the area, anchored by the immense and unique Research Triangle Park business and technology complex which actually straddles the line between the Durham and Raleigh-Cary areas. The Durham side is more peaceful with a slower pace and relatively easier commutes to the center, and is somewhat less affected by urban sprawl. While cost of living is low on a national scale, it is relatively high for the region. and while home prices for the area in general are reasonable, prospective residents will find prices in Chapel Hill much higher. Balanced positives across all ranking categories help drive the high ranking.

Durham and Chapel Hill are located in a transitional zone between the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont Plateau. The surrounding terrain is rolling and heavily wooded and becomes more so in Chapel Hill and west. The central location between the mountains and coast means a favorable climate aside from some summer heat. The mountains form a partial barrier to cold-air masses, resulting in few winter days with temperatures below 20[dg]F. During summer, tropical air is present over eastern and central sections of North Carolina, producing warm temperatures and high humidity. Rainfall is well distributed year-round with most occurring in summers as thunderstorms, some of which can be intense. The area is far enough inland to reduce the effects of coastal storms. While snow and sleet usually occur each year, excessive accumulations are rare.

Interesting Facts about Durham, North Carolina

As of 2014, Durham's population is 229,963 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 20.07 percent.

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The median home cost in Durham is $148,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.60 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Durham's cost of living is 2.40% Lower than the U.S. average.

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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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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.


Ranked #8 Most Competitive Public Colleges
Ranked #16 Best Green Cities
Ranked #18 Most Competitive Private Colleges
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Map Of Durham

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Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Durham's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes