Downtown Durham

Locals will tell you Durham does it different. Its unique cultural offerings coupled with storied treasures like the Carolina Theatre—home to the internationally recognized Full Frame Documentary Film Festival—make Durham diverse, quirky and authentic in ways that other places just can’t match.

ACCOLADES
#1 Place to Live and Work (Employment Review)
#1 Best City for Jobs (Forbes)
#2 Best Area to Start a Business (Forbes)
#4 City for Entrepreneurs & Small Business
(National Policy Research Council)
Top Ten Hubs for Creative Class (Fast Company)
Top 5 Towns Where People Most Love to Eat (Food & Wine)
Top 41 Places to Go in 2011 (The New York Times)
#1 Best Cities for Education (Forbes)
#1 Boomtown in America (Business 2.0)
#2 Healthiest City for Women (American Health for Women)
#2 Best Green Cities (Country Home)
#3 Most Enlightened City (Utne Reader)

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Resources on Durham

DEMOGRAPHICS WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF DOWNTOWN

  • 134,685 citizens
  • Median age: 34 years
  • Median disposable income: $40,060
  • 2 major universities: Duke and NCCU with more than 20,000 students, 40,000 employees and an economic impact over $3.2 billion combined
  • Durham Technical Community College with 25,000 students and 800 faculty

POPULATION GROWTH
The downtown residential population is expected to increase four times in the next 18 months. Downtown’s population has already quadrupled since 1998.

DOWNTOWN EMPLOYMENT
400 businsses and 16,000 employees with an average salary of $56,000

VISITORS

  • 2.4 million downtown visitors annually
  • Durham Performing Arts Center’s projected first-year attendance: 215,620 people
  • Regional pull: 680,279 people
  • Highest market share of non-resident day-trippers in the Triangle

INVESTMENTS
Over $1 billion in public and private investments in downtown Durham anticipated between 1999–2011.

Downtown Durham Aerial Map