There is something very special about Durham, North Carolina. This city has received accolades in so many socially and culturally significant areas, it ranks consistently higher than most U.S. communities in many aspects.
The city of Durham stands out among the best cities in the country. Rated best mid-sized city for new job availability by Forbes Magazine. One out of every four employees works in the health industry. Also voted number one choice, the best place for elderly and retirement living. "Tastiest Town" Durham ranked first in state for Southern food and drink industry growth by Southern Living Magazine. Ranked first as the top place in the world to visit in 2011.
Further research produced notible top rankings as Durham is in the top ten U.S. best green cities, best cities to relocate families and best city to ride out the recession.
A top city found best in Pharmaceutical Research & Development, also rated top "Up & Coming Neighborhoods".
Recognized for highest educational ratings for elementary schools, and middle/high schools, Durham is also considered the best city for new college grads to start out. Three schools rate five stars: City of Medicine Academy, public school, grades 9-12; Hillside New Tech High, public, grades 9-11; and Triangle Day School, private, grades K-8. There are 54 public schools, PK-12, locally with 32,000 children.
Luxury rental partments start at $525 - $775 1-bedroom/1bathroom, to $770 - $940 for 2-bedroom/1bathroom, near Rodgers-Herr Jr High, Riverside High, also near Duke University. Apartments are pet friendly, pool, tennis and volleyball. Rental includes clubhouse, washer/dryer, free fitness center and near freeways. Higher-end apartment complexes have home-like grounds, large pools, private but near Southpoint Mall, Downtown and major freeways. Rent ranges from $685 - $945 for 1-bedroom/1bathroom to $1,250 - $1,350 for 2-bedroom/2bathroom.
Family income annual average is $51,162. Ranking for serious crime shows 1 percent to 1.1 percent population effected by crime per year. Rated best city for available housing market in the country according to Wall Street Journal.Source: The Durham, NC housing data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).