Durham, commonly known as the “Bull City” or “City of Medicine”, is home to Duke University and its prestigious Medical Center, NC Central University, and Research Triangle Park.  While the area was settled by Europeans from the early 1700's, Durham's contemporary history begins after the Civil War with the growth of the Duke family's tobacco manufacturing empire, the predecessor of  American Tobacco, Liggett & Myers, RJ Reynolds and Lorillard. In fact, Bull City comes not from cattle but from the Bull Durham brand of tobacco. The most-well known brand name in the world in the late 19th century, it is credited with spawning the term "bullpen" from an ad behind the Yankees dugout as well as the phrase "shooting the bull" from chewing tobacco.

Durham is also famous as the home of the "Black Wall Street" after prominent African-American financial institutions. The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, founded in 1898 and the M&F Bank, founded in 1907 remain among the oldest and largest African-American owned financial institutions.

More recently, Durham's growth and prosperity have been driven by high tech innovation from Research Triangle Park businesses and from medical research and treatment. The emerging rebirth of Durham's downtown is the most current and exciting development. It includes the redevelopment of the old mills at the American Tobacco Campus into office and residential space, the new Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Durham Performing Arts Center. Similar renovation is happening at the mills in West Village. Most recently, older downtown office buildings are being redeveloped into residential space as well. With the increased evening population,  many new restaurants and other entertainment options have emerged.     

Who are Durham residents?

Durham’s population is a diverse population made up of cooperative, charming, inventive, artistic, environmentally aware, open, and intellectual citizens. The populace is working to shape a better world by being eager contributors directly within their community and on larger scales. This creates constantly changing and adapting environments in the healthcare, business, education, and scientific industries and organizations. They also know how to kick back for a Durham Bulls game or get riled up over Duke Basketball.

Durham is situated in Durham County and Northwest of Raleigh and East of Greensboro. Chapel Hill is to the west and Cary is the closest city heading east.

Just 30 minutes on I-40 heading east, will take you to the metropolis of Raleigh.
If you travel an hour to Chapel Hill’s west on I-40, you will arrive in Greensboro.
Charlotte is about 2.5 hours heading south (115 miles).
Pinehurst is about 1 hour and 45 minutes away.
Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach is only 2.5 hours away.
Boone, is about 3 hours away.
Asheville (Biltmore Estate) is about 3.5 hrs away.

Google Map of Durham

Durham Accolades:

Top 25 Places for Retirement Jobs
(Raleigh-Durham, NC)
MarketWatch, November 2007

#10 Economic Development Hot Spot
(Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC)
National Policy Research Council,
September 2007

#10 Large Metro for Business
Recruitment & Attraction
(Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC)
Expansion Management,
May/June 2007

#3 America’s Best Jobs in the
Hottest Cities (Raleigh-Durham, NC)
Business 2.0, May 2007

Top 10 Places in the South for the Creative Class (Raleigh-Durham, NC)
Southern Business and Development, Winter 2007

Top 10 Tech Town
(Raleigh-Durham, NC)
Wired Magazine, January 2007

#6 Area for Relocating Singles
(Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC)
Primacy Relocation, October 2006

#1 Area for Tech Business
(Raleigh-Durham, NC)
Silicon Valley Leadership Group,
September 2006

Duke's Fuqua School of Business was ranked 28th in the world for its master of business administration program. The newspaper also ranked Fuqua 14th on the list of top MBA programs in the US.

Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham ranked in the "10 Great Places to Get Pumped for NCAA Action."
The Museum of Life and Science ranked 7th on Budget Travel's list of North Carolina's Top Ten Picks for Spring travel.

Museum of Life and Science is 10th among the Top 25 most visited attractions among North Carolina's private and public museums and historic sites.

For the third consecutive year, North Carolina is the state with the top business climate.
Durham, NC, #26 City Where Business Opportunity Is Greatest For Growing Companies.
Inspire Pharmaceuticals, #3 best places to work in the life science industry.
Durham, #45 Hottest Business Market in the Country.
Top 20 MSA in the nation (only one in N.C.) ranked as Best Places to Educate Your Child.
Duke, the 13th overall best university in the world.
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business ranked #26 in the Beyond Gray Pinstripes table, the 'alternative' MBA top 100.
Duke ranks high as one of America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs.
Duke, #10, America's Best Colleges, Best Value 2008.
Duke, #8, America's Best Colleges 2008.
Duke Law,#10, America's Best Graduate Schools.
Duke University, #12, America's Best Graduate Schools-Biological Sciences.
Duke University, #15, America's Best Graduate Schools-Nursing.
Duke University, #2, America's Best Graduate Schools-Physician Assistant.
Duke University, #8, America's Best Graduate Schools-Medicine (Research).
Duke University,#12, America's Best Graduate Schools-Business.
Highlighted Duke Diet & Fitness Center as the #1 facility for a fitness vacation.
Durham ranked 3rd safest city among North Carolina cities with at least 75,000 residents.
Durham, #3 Best Small City for Relocating Families.
Durham, the 15th Best Place to Live in the USA.
Durham, #7 for Business and Careers.
Durham, #16 Best Green Places in America.
Durham, one of "100 Best Communities for Young People."
 Photo Credit: 2000 - American Aerial Photos and Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau