The Ultimate Durham Moving and Resource Guide: Everything You Need To Know Before Relocating

Durham Moving Guide

Moving to a new city can be a challenging and stressful process. But with the right plan in place, it can also be an exciting time in your life as well. Considered one of the top places to live in North Carolina, Durham is affordable, centrally located, and presents newcomers with ample high-paying job opportunities thanks to being one of the three primary anchor cities of North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Further, the climate throughout much of this part of the state is relatively mild compared to many parts of the country, and from lakes and hiking trails to state parks and nature preserves, it couldn’t be easier to get outside and take advantage of all the outdoor recreational amenities that not only help define Durham but most of North Carolina as well. 

If you're thinking about moving to Durham, you'll find plenty of information, resources, and ways to begin your home search below. We also invite anyone planning to relocate to contact us directly to discuss what you're looking for in a new place to live and how we might be able to find the perfect place that checks all the boxes on your wish list. 

DURHAM STATS & INFO


Although small portions of the city extend into Orange County and Wake County, Durham acts as the county seat of Durham County and lies just 30 minutes from Raleigh, the second largest city in North Carolina by population. 

  • Population: 285,527 (2021) 
  • Nickname(s): Bull City, City of Medicine 
  • Incorporated: April 10, 1869
  • City Website: durhamnc.gov
  • Primary Airport: Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • Area Codes: 919, 984

DURHAM ZIP CODES 


27701, 27702, 27703, 27704, 27705, 27706, 27707, 27708, 27709, 27710, 27711, 27712, 27713, 27715, 27717, 27722

DURHAM WEATHER


Durham’s classification as a humid subtropical climate means we have hot and humid summers, cool winters, and warm-to-mild spring and autumn seasons. Sure, the summers in Durham can be muggy at times, but for anyone moving to Durham from a northern climate with harsh winters, the average daily high temperature from December 1 to February 28 is a mild 53°F. 

January is the coldest month in Durham, with an average high temperature of 51°F; an average low temperature of 33°F; and an average daily temperature of 40°F. The hottest month of the year in Durham is July, which has an average high temperature of 88°F; an average low temperature of 69°F; and an average daily temperature of 79°F.

DOWNTOWN DURHAM


Durham has one of the best downtowns in all of North Carolina. Revitalized industrial districts like Brightleaf and the American Tobacco Historic District have become hotbeds for craft breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, and locally owned boutique shops. The Durham Performing Arts Center is also a top attraction that regularly hosts concerts, comedy shows, and even the occasional Broadway hit. You’ll also find Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the downtown area, which acts as the home of the city’s famed baseball team, the Durham Bulls.

Top Downtown Durham Attractions: 

  • Durham Performing Arts Center
  • Durham Bulls Athletic Park
  • American Tobacco Historic District 
  • Museum of Life and Science 
  • Durham Central Park 
  • Durham Civil Rights Mural 
  • Hayti Heritage Center

DURHAM ECONOMY


The Durham-Chapel Hill economy employs 319,000 people, according to 2021 data from the Census Bureau. The largest industries in the area are Healthcare & Social Assistance (51,912 jobs), Educational Services (51,059 jobs), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (33,445 jobs).

  • Total Households in Durham: 173,412 
  • Durham Median Household Income: $77,491
  • Durham Average Household Income: $107,209
  • Self-Employees: 16,962
  • Private Company Employees: 140,787
  • Governmental Workers: 33,378
  • Not For Profit Company Workers: 28,515
  • Durham Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (November 2023) 

DURHAM HOUSING & REAL ESTATE


Real estate data and housing price trends are always fluctuating. The statistics below represent recent figures but please contact us directly for the most up-to-date Durham housing and real estate data. 

Durham County Housing Price Trends (November 2023) 

  • Median Sale Price: $420,000 (+9.1% year-over-year)
  • Sale Price / Square Foot: $228 (+3.6% year-over-year)
  • Days on Market: 37 
  • Down Payment: 8.3%

Ready to find you dream home in Durham? Get started now and break down your search by property-type, home style, or home feature using the guides below.

EDUCATION IN DURHAM


Public schools in Durham are part of the Durham Public Schools District, which ranks as the 8th largest school district in North Carolina. The district consists of 46 public schools in all—30 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 2 secondary schools, and 12 high schools. 

Parents also have the choice of sending their kids to several private schools in Durham, most notably Durham Academy, Triangle Day School, and The Duke School. Religious schools in Durham include Carolina Friends School, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School, Immaculate Catholic School and Durham Nativity School. 

PUBLIC TRANSIT & GETTING AROUND


The majority of Durham residents and home owners drive their own cars to work, school, or to get around. However, public transportation can be an option for many people living throughout the community. In fact, you’ll find there are 2 public bus networks that serve Durham, providing a combined 43 bus routes across the city. 

GoTriangle: As the name suggests, GoTriangle provides regional bus service to the entire Research Triangle region of North Carolina. With a number of park-and-ride lots, a regular schedule that arrives every hour or half hour, and various passes and payment options, most locals will tell you GoTriangle is the best way to get around Durham and the surrounding area without a car. 

GoDurham: Although GoDurham is managed by GoTriangle, GoDurham service features more local routes, an increased number of direct and crosstown routes, and also simplified routes throughout Durham specifically. 

Driving: 

Getting to and from Duke University, Research Triangle Park, Downtown Durham, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and other major amenities and attractions is made easy thanks to several major highways and interstates that pass through Durham, or go around it entirely. And for commuters, both Highway 70 and Interstates 885/40 will take you straight to Raleigh, while Highway 501 will get you down to Chapel Hill in just under a half hour. If you’re heading up to Greensboro or Winston-Salem, I-85 to I-40 will get you there in about an hour. 

Commutes: 

UTILITIES & RESOURCES


Electricity

Natural Gas

  • Public Service Company of North Carolina (PSNC) 
  • Phone: 1 (877) 776-2427
  • Website: psncernergy.com

Cable / Internet

Water / Garage / Recycling 

  • Town of Durham 
  • Office Location: 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701
  • Phone: (919) 560-4411
  • Website: https://www.durhamnc.gov/

DURHAM OUTDOOR RECREATION


Local Parks: 

Durham Central Park

  • Picnic tables available · Playground slides available · Has skateboarding area
  • Address: 501 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

Labeled an arts-themed, community-focused park, Durham Central Park is a downtown destination that regularly hosts festivals, events, and gatherings. The pavilion at Durham Central Park is where you’ll find the Durham Farmers’ Market, not to mention free in-person yoga classes each and every week. You’ll also find picnic tables scattered throughout the park and also an open grass area that’s great for both dogs and kids who love to run around. 

Sandy Creek Park

  • Picnic tables available · Dogs allowed
  • Address: 3510 Sandy Creek Dr, Durham, NC 27707

Sandy Creek Park is located on the site of one of Durham’s old sewage treatment plants, but you’d never know it based on the park’s supreme natural beauty. The park’s 2.4 mile loop trail makes it a great location for hiking, walking, or jogging. And thanks to being a wetland habitat, it also attracts an abundance of wildlife and is widely considered to be one of the better spots in town for bird watching. 

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West Point on the Eno Park

  • Picnic tables available · Has barbecue grill · Dogs allowed
  • Address5101 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

West Point on the Eno is a 404-acre park and historic center just 6 miles from Durham’s city center. The park gates are open daily from 8 a.m. to dark, and it’s truly one of the most scenic outdoor spots in Durham for a picnic or to just enjoy being outside. There’s also a number of hiking trails at West Point on the Eno in case you’re someone who likes to get in a little exercise as well.  

Eno River State Park

  • Picnic tables available · Dogs allowed
  • Address6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705

As part of Durham and Orange counties, Eno River State Park lies just 10 miles from Downtown Durham and is one of the best places to hike in the area. The park’s namesake river winds through hills and bluffs, and with easily accessible trails found all throughout the surrounding forests, there’s no better place to experience the natural beauty of the region than Eno River State Park. 

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DURHAM ARTS & CULTURE


Festivals 

The Durham Blues & Brews Festival and the OUTsouth Queer Film Festival are among the biggest events of the year in Durham. Only North Carolina craft breweries are featured at Blues & Brews, and the bands and musicians in attendance are always among the best in Blues, R&B, and Soul. The OUTsouth Queer Film Festival is billed as being the 2nd largest LGBTQ+ film festival in the Southeast. 

Museums / Concert Venues 

Museum of Durham History 

Nasher Museum of Art 

  • Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705
  • Website: nasher.duke.edu

The Carolina Theatre 

Durham Performing Arts Center

  • 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
  • Website: dpacnc.com

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