Life in Durham

Where Tech Town Opportunity Meets Southern Hospitality

For a century, Duke University has been seamlessly woven into the tapestry of Durham—a vibrant city in North Carolina that The New York Times describes as “re-energized by a youth-driven renaissance.”

With its rich history, distinctive character and thriving economy, it’s no wonder Durham is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States.

The Research Triangle: East Coast Made Easy

Yes, we’re obsessed with college basketball.

But, we’re just as committed to strong community ties and inclusivity, inventive spirit, and award-winning eats.

Duke’s hometown of Durham is the heart of the Research Triangle region that includes dynamic neighboring communities including Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville and Hillsborough. All of us live in North Carolina’s warm and verdant Piedmont.

With easy drives from home to sunny Atlantic shores and refreshing Blue Ridge mountaintops, life’s just easier here

Long a symbol of Durham, a bronze statue of a Bull, named Major, stands in CCB plaza in the heart of downtown, and serves as a great photo op. Photo by Discover Durham

Meet Durham’s icon — “Major”

Major is one ton of bronze (with at least that much in grit and resilience) sculpted by Michael Waller and Leah Foushee. Locals rub his nose for luck. Come see if the Bull City’s charms win you over.

Comfortable Climate

Typically, the weather in central North Carolina is pretty pleasant. Outdoor activities go on year-round.


Average daily high temperature: 22°C


220 sunny days a year, on average
(U.S. average: 202)


A gardener’s delight, April to November
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8a)

Keep Exploring

From the sea to the mountains—and in the cities and small towns between—there’s a brewery, gallery, neighborhood, theater, park or river for every taste.