Living in Durham NC

Welcome to Durham!

Aside from being a caring city, Durham has plenty more to offer including a booming food scene that’s continually on the rise. Southern Living even dubbed the town as the “South’s Tastiest.” Business in Durham stays consistent and was even recognized as the No. 5 place for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduates in 2016.
Its nickname of the “Bull City” comes from a tobacco company that is credited with putting the city on the map, and has stayed relevant in many other aspects of the city today.
As a part of the Research Triangle Park that includes both Raleigh and Chapel Hill, the city is credited with pioneering the barcode by George Laurer. The very first item to ever be scanned with the said barcode happened to be a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Out of all of the major city’s employers, the Park has one of the highest number of those with doctorate degrees working in it.
The city of Durham has plenty to boast about when it comes to education, with Duke University being one of the top universities in the world. Some of Duke’s alumni in clued Richard Nixon, Apple CEO Tim Cook, talk show host Charlie Rose, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. According to an annual study done by the U.S. News & World Report, Duke University ranked among the top 10 universities in the nation.
Duke University is well known for its athletic program as well, with head coach Mike Krzyzewski being the winningest coach in all of college basketball. Fans are known to pack Cameron Indoor Stadium and are labeled as the “Cameron Crazies”, signifying how loyal they are to the program.
North Carolina Central University is also located in the city of Durham, which is a public historically black university that was founded in 1910. In 2016, their football team won the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference title.
The Durham Public School system services more than 33,000 students in 54 schools. It is currently the 8th largest school system in North Carolina and employs more than 2,500 faculty and staff members. Their main focus is to attract, retain, motivate, and develop talented people.
As far as things to do, Durham is culturally unique and diverse with a variety of art and creativity spread throughout the city. A sense of history and pride can be found when exploring Durham. The American Tobacco Campus is home to charming restaurants such as Basan and NanaSteak. Head to the Brightleaf Square district for more nightlife and shopping options. The Southpoint area is home to one of the Triangle’s most popular malls and includes several shopping centers throughout. Durham also has a vibrant nature scene as well, with many parks to visit.
Durham is home to several exhilarating museums, including the 21c Museum that was recently ranked among the best. The performing arts scene is a major part of Durham, with the Durham Performing Arts Center having been ranked among the top five venues in the entire United States in 2016.

Moving to Durham NC

Living in Durham will be the experience of a lifetime, with plenty of new homes popping up throughout the area. Duke Energy is the city’s go-to source for energy, while PSNC Gas is the supplier of gas in Durham. For more resources including all things Durham, visit the city’s website.

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The Latest News from Durham NC

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See A Christmas Carol Live in Durham

A Christmas Carol from Ira David Wood III is here again for its 43rd year. Since 1974 it's been one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, dazzling North Carolina's theatre history. Enjoy the funny and quirky story of Scrooge this year at the Durham Performing...
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Durham Arts Council Holiday Event

The Durham Arts Council is hosting a fun night on Friday, December 15th at 5pm. Enjoy a gallery and reception, visual art pop up gallery, and more. The Durham Children's choir will be there as they sing, ther...
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Bring Your Pumpkins to the Pumpkin Smash

Ever wonder what to do with your leftover pumpkins? Now the Halloween is over, bring your pumpkins to the 101.5 The Great Pumpkin Smash! Held at Three Bears Acres, this full day of family fun has pumpkin smashing, pumpkin launders, slingshots, and drops. There...
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Get Spooked in Downtown Durham

Downtown Durham is having a spooky pub crawl this Friday from 7:30-10:00pm! The Tobacco Road tour and pub crawl will guide you through Downtown Durham while telling you spooky stories about the city's most ...
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Durham Coffee Round Up

The Triangle is known for its delicious and delightful coffee shops. Among the hip and trendy restaurants lie equally hip and trendy Durham coffee shops and cafes.  With steaming espresso, hot coffee, and cozy ...
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Cheers to 7 Years at Fullsteam Brewery

Fullsteam Brewery in Durham is celebrating their 7 year anniversary this Sunday from noon to midnight! There will be food specials, rare to plow pint beer, and a special 16oz can and draft release of While Lily, their newest brew. Accompanied by live music, of...
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Strike Out Against Cancer!

This Sunday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, they will host the fourth annual Field of Hope baseball game. The game benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, and is presented by UNC Health Care. Kay Yow fought bre...
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Enjoy Fresh Seafood at Oysterfest!

Wishing you were at the beach this weekend eating fresh seafood? This Saturday from 6-9pm you can enjoy Oysterfest in Durham! At The Durham Hotel, Paul Greenberg is having an oyster throw down. Greenberg is the author of American Catch and Four Fish. Event par...