The Top Five Reasons To Live In Durham, North Carolina

By: Joshua Wills

The City of Medicine
One in four people in the city of Durham are employed in some sort of health related field as over 300 major health and medical companies make their homes here. In 1910, the city saw the invention of BC Headache Powder, which may have been the town's first step toward being christened The City of Medicine and becoming synonymous with health. Durham is home to six major hospitals including Duke University Hospital Medical Center and the city also has an impressive doctor-to-population ratio that is four times higher than the national average.

Community
Durham offers neighborhoods from the most elite like Hope Valley and Treyburn to the simply charming and historic areas of Trinity Park and Forest Hills. There are also planned neighborhoods nestled in Durham such as Woodlake and Woodcroft as well as a host of golf course communities like Willowhaven. The residents of Durham maintain a strong sense of community pride and the city boasts an unusually low crime rate for a town of its size. Its residents also pride themselves on being a tolerant city where its people are involved and have a voice in community issues.

Arts and Entertainment
The city of Durham hosts more than 40 annual events and festivals, most of which are either nationally or regionally recognized for their significant appeal to both visitors and residents alike. The town is also home to artists, authors, playwrights, award-winning scientists, and researchers who are all well known in their respective fields. Durham also offers four major art museums and centers as well as three historic sites including the area where the largest surrender of the Civil War took place. In addition, the city is also widely known for its national championship basketball teams from both Duke and North Carolina Central Universities.

Business
Durham is an integral part of the renowned Research Triangle Park, known as RTP. This vast network of businesses spans over 7,000 acres and employs over 38,000 people. This makes Durham a rather attractive place to live for those interested in a career somewhere within the vast and technologically advanced world of RTP.

Nature
With more than 60 parks, several major lakes and a plethora of walking, hiking, and biking trails, Durham is a prime spot for the nature enthusiast. There are four major river ways and greenways as well as a state park, a state recreation area and the famous American Tobacco Trail. Horseback riding is also a popular activity as well as bird watching and fishing in the numerous lakes and rivers. Durham is also home to many fabulous golf courses and has been ranked one of the top places for the sport in the United States.

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