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DURHAM

OVERVIEW

Durham Area Information

Durham today ranks among the top cities in the United States for standard of living. Once a quiet hamlet with its roots in textiles and tobacco, Durham is now a pacesetter in medicine, education, research, high tech industry and the arts. It is a city of many firsts and its residents enjoy exceptional resources and amenities. Unlike Wake and Orange Counties, the city of Durham is the only incorporated municipality in the County of Durham. The city is located 23 miles northwest of Raleigh and 12 miles northeast of Chapel Hill.

Durham County encompasses 75% of the internationally acclaimed Research Triangle Park . Nearly 50 national and international corporations are located in the RTP within the boundaries of Durham County . Other companies are selecting sites in Treyburn, a multi-use project in north Durham . This development combines areas for research and development and manufacturing with areas for residential and recreational purposes.

Durham is also home to North Carolina Central University and Duke University , one of the nation's most outstanding private colleges. Great pride is taken in Duke's reputation and residents enjoy the many resources available on campus.

Known as the City of Medicine, Durham is the southeast's leader in range and quality of health care. The city supports five hospitals as well as many other medical-related services and industries, all of which contribute to its reputation as a pacesetter in this field.

The influence of this diverse and solid economy, represented by major corporations, the university and health care, has encouraged sophistication in Durham that is unusual in a city of such a size.

Durham's residential picture is undergoing considerable change as growth continues to create more demand. New and existing neighborhoods offer a broad range of options. Housing is plentiful and varied from English Tudor, Colonial and Williamsburg to Transitional and Contemporary. Residential choices include historic districts, well established neighborhoods, traditional subdivisions and planned developments.

Brightleaf Square, comprised of twin tobacco warehouses dating from the early 1900s, represents the state's most innovative approach to conversion. Now restored, they serve as retail and office space as well as the site of numerous entertainment happenings. Turn of the century Trinity Park, Durham 's oldest in-tact neighborhood, on the edge of Duke's campus, has been rediscovered. Spacious colonial homes are being restored to their former elegance.

Because of its many strengths and attributes, Durham is predicted to be one of the state's most appealing areas for the next 20 years. Gracious hospitality, diverse and friendly residents and a variety of business and cultural advantages are the components of this city's attraction.

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PRIMARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION 

Durham's commitment to education is demonstrated by its enthusiastic reception of the nations first and only state-supported residential high school for students gifted in mathematics and science. The community is served by a county-wide consolidated school system utilizing the neighborhood attendance plan.

Public Schools


 

Durham Public Schools

919-560-2000

NC School of Science & Math

919-286-3366

Public School Achievement Comparisons

 

 

Private Schools

Phone

Grades

Agape Corner Boarding School

919-682-0546

K-12

Bethesda Christian Academy

919-489-6569

K-8

Bryson Christian Montessori

919-490-0287

K-7

Camelot Academy

919-688-3040

PreK-12

Carolina Friends School

919-383-6602

PreK-12

Cresset Christian Academy

919-489-2655

PreK-12

Duke School for Children

919-493-2642

PreK-8

Durham Academy

919-489-6569

PreK-12

Faith Assembly Christian Academy

919-687-2763

K-9

Fellowship Baptist Academy

919-596-9331

K-12

Gorman Christian Academy

919-688-2567

PreK-8

The Hill Center

919-489-7464

K-12

Ibad Ar-Rahman School

919-683-4311

K-11

Immaculata School

919-682-5847

PreK-8

Lerner Jewish Community Day School

919-286-5517

PreK-5

Liberty Christian School

919-471-5522

PreK-12

Living Waters Christian Academy

919-596-0869

K-8

Montessori Children's House of Durham

919-489-9045

PreK-6

Montessori Community School

919-493-8541

PreK-6

Mt. Zion Christian Academy

919-688-4245

K-12

Odyssey School

919-667-9986

5-9

Pinewood Montessori School

919-644-2090

PreK-4

Quality Education Institute of Durham

919-680-6544

K-5

St. Mary's Catholic School

919-732-7200

PreK-8

Triangle Day School

919-383-8800

K-8

Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill

919-402-8262

K-8

Tutorial 1/2 Christian School

919-596-8212

PreK-3

 

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Durham

Duke University

919-684-3214

 

NC Central University

919-530-6298

 

Durham Technical Community College

919-686-3300

 

 

 

Chapel Hill

UNC at Chapel Hill

919-966-3621

 

 

 

Raleigh

NC State University

919-515-2434

 

Meredith College

919-760-8581

 

Peace College

800-732-2347

 

Shaw University

919-546-8275

 

Wake Technical Community College

919-662-3400




CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Durham Annual Events
American Dance Festival
American Tobacco Historic District
Arts & Business Coalition of Durham
Bennett Place State Historic Site
Centerfest
The Carolina Theatre
Duke Chapel
Duke Homestead & Tobacco Museum
Duke University Primate Center
The Durham Arts Council
The Durham Bulls Baseball
Durham Chorale
Durham Farmer's Market
The Durham Symphony
The Festival of the Eno
Hayti Heritage Center
Historic Stagville
The Museum of Life and Science
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
NCCU Art Museum
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Starlight Drive-in Movie Theater


PARKS & RECREATION
American Tobacco trail
Dog Park (Dogapalooza)
Duke Forest
Durham Greenway trail Map
Eno River Association
Falls Lake State Recreation Area (Wake Forest)
Lake Jordan State Recreation Area
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Triangle Rails to trails


SPORTS

Baseball:

Durham Bulls (AAA)

Durham

 

Carolina Mudcats

Zebulon

College Athletics:

Duke University

Durham

 

NC Central University

Durham

 

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill

 

N. C. State University

Raleigh

Ice Hockey:

Carolina Hurricanes

Raleigh

Running:

NC Roadrunners Club

 

Racing:

Wake County Speedway

Raleigh

Cycling:

The Carolina Tarwheels Bicycle Club

 

 

triangle Mountain Biker's Club

 

 

GOLF COURSES

Public:

Hillandale Golf Club

N. Durham

919-286-1555

 

Lakeshore Golf Course

Near RTP

919-596-2401

 

 

 

 

Semi-Private:

The Crossings at Grove Park

NE Durham

919-598-8686

 

Duke University Golf Club

W. Durham

919-681-2288

 

Falls Village Golf Club

NE Durham

919-596-4653

 

Lake Winds Golf Course

Rougemont

919-471-4653

 

Willowhaven Country Club

N. Durham

919-383-5511

 

Occoneechee Golf Club

Hillsborough

919-732-3435

 

 

 

 

Private:

Croasdaile Country Club

N. Durham

919-383-1591

 

Hope Valley Country Club

W. Durham

919-489-6565

 

Treyburn Country Club

N. Durham

919-620-0184


SHOPPING
9th Street
Brightleaf Square
Northgate Mall
The Streets at Southpoint Mall
Other Shopping


HOSPITALS

Duke Medical Center

919-684-8111

Durham Regional Hospital

919-470-4000

Veterans Administration Medical Center

919-286-0411


GENERAL
Downtown Durham
Durham Business
Durham Chamber of Commerce
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Durham History
Durham Revitalization Map
Durham Visitors Historic Preservation Society of Durham


RESIDENT & NEWCOMER INFORMATION
Durham Attractions Map
Durham County Library
Durham Police Department
Durham Utilities
Driver's License & Vehicle Registration
Garbage Pickup
Living in Durham
Maps of Durham
Newcomer Information
North Carolina Department of transportation (NCDOT)
Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU)
Research triangle Park (RTP)
Restaurants
Recycling
Transit Authority - Durham Area (DATA)
Transit Authority - triangle Area (TTA)
Yard Waste


NEWSPAPERS
Duke University Chronicle
Herald-Sun
Independent

JOBS
Search Jobs in Durham

 

WEATHER

http://www.weather.gov/view/states.php?state=nc&map=on

 

GUIDE TO THE CAROLINAS

http://www.visitnc.com

 

SCHOOLS

http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/go/NC