Durham, North Carolina, City and Higher Education Information

Durham is a city of about 251,000 located in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP). The area boasts several world-class institutions of higher learning, including Duke University. -

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Information about Durham

Known as the 'City of Medicine,' Durham is one three cities that make up RTP, which is known for research in the areas of medicine and technology. Durham is an hour's drive from Greensboro and two hours from Charlotte. As of 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Durham's population at 251,893, placing it in the top five of North Carolina's biggest cities.

Downtown Durham's entertainment district is home to the famed Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, as well as the Full Frame Theater, which hosts an annual documentary film festival, and the Durham Performing Arts Center, which features concerts, Broadway shows and various other performances. The city also boasts the Nasher and North Carolina Central museums of art and draws thousands of visitors each year for the American Dance Festival and Bull Durham Blues Festival. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Durham's nearly 1,800 acres of public parks, in addition to its numerous miles of trails and greenways.

Higher Education in Durham

Durham's most well-known institution of higher learning is Duke University, a private school of more than 15,000 students that was ranked the eighth best university in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Durham also is home to North Carolina Central University, which U.S. News ranked the 12th best historically black school in the country in 2016, and Durham Technical Community College, a 2-year school with an enrollment of more than 5,000 students.

Economic Facts

As of March 2016, the region of Durham-Chapel Hill had the highest employment in the sector of government with about 68,000 jobs. Education and health services held about 63,500 jobs, while professional and business services had 40,000 jobs, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Major employers in Durham County include IBM, Durham Public Schools, GlaxoSmithKline, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

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