Durham 71 Excellent
Durham Livability #167 ranked city in North Carolina#11,580 ranked city in the USARanks better than 60% of areas
A+ Durham Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Durham Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Durham cost of living
F Durham Crime Total crime is 48% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
4,25065% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2465% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Durham crime
C- Durham Employment Household income is 8% higher than North Carolina
Median household income
$52,1156% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,6453% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%4% lower than the US average
Durham employment
B Durham Housing Home value is 17% higher than North Carolina
Median home value
$183,900equal to the US average
Median rent price
$9134% lower than the US average
Home ownership
49%23% lower than the US average
Durham real estate or Durham rentals
F Durham Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
85%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
34%31% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:119% lower than the US average
Durham K-12 schools
B+ Durham User Ratings There are a total of 18 ratings in Durham
Overall user rating
76% 18 total ratings
User reviews rating
77% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
76% 15 total surveys
all Durham poll results

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      Living in Durham, NC

      Durham, North Carolina is a big city with a population of 251,761 residents. Durham is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (48%) and Black or African American (40%). If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Durham residents is 33.

      Living in Durham can be a good experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of North Carolina, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Durham and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the North Carolina and national averages.

      Durham has a livability score of 73 out of 100 and is ranked #97 in North Carolina and #6,897 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Durham has received high marks for amenities (A+), weather (B-) and housing (B). There are some categories that Durham scores poorly for, including: crime (D-) and education (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Durham on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Durham: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, and Museum of Life + Science.

      Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Durham has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Durham is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Durham come in at $183,900, which is 17.1% higher than the North Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Durham, the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 6.1% higher than the North Carolina average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Durham will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Durham, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 11.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.6%.

      Durham transportation information

      StatisticDurhamNorth CarolinaNational
      Average one way commute23min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.6%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.2%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.7%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.9%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.8%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home4.9%4.8%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (1)10354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)1 (3)20711

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      Source: The Durham, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).