Duke and Durham
Durham consistently receives accolades in multiple areas such as restaurants, hotels, sporting events, and performing art centers. In 2017, Durham was recognized as the number 7 best place to live in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. This was based on quality of life, people’s desire to live there, value of living there, and job market.
Durham is located in the Piedmont area of North Carolina near the Research Triangle Park. This area has had dynamic growth with low unemployment and rapid development. The Research Triangle Park is a 6,500 acre campus for research-oriented industries, governmental research and regulatory agencies. Forty-six research institutions and fifty-five support firms are located in the park. The area has a greater per capita concentration of Ph.D. scientists and engineers than any other metropolitan area.
The temperate climate accommodates outdoor activities nearly all year round. The Blue Ridge Mountains are located 3 hours to the west with camping and skiing. The Atlantic Ocean is 2.5 hours to the east offering beaches and fishing. Two large recreational lakes (Kerr Lake and Jordan Lake) are within an hour's drive of Durham. Duke Forest and Eno River State Park also provide great opportunities for hiking and exploring nature in Durham.
The area has four universities within an hour’s drive, and sporting events and outdoor activities are plentiful:
Duke University, Durham
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
The area offers many cultural activities. Please refer to the official Durham website for details.
Housing is moderately plentiful and suitable housing can be readily found. Current residents and listings in the Duke House Staff Office have been most helpful to incoming personnel. Schools are among the best in the state. Private schools are available from kindergarten through grade twelve, but the demand is high and applications should be made well in advance.
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