Durham, North Carolina
Creative and colorful are just two of the adjectives that describe the town of Durham and the diverse people that call the city home. The economy is knowledge-based with education being number one on the list of importance to the residents of Durham. The city is home to several excellent educational institutions, including Duke University as well as three other major universities.
Art is also a key industry with more than 100 working artists. The work and creativity of these artists, current and past, is displayed in 43 museums throughout the area, as well as more than 74 outdoor art displays. The vast amount of art and culture throughout Durham earns the city the number one spot on the Creativity Index.
Although the city is quite large in size, with a population of more than 208,000 people, safety is not an issue. Durham is actually considered one of the safest and healthiest places to live. Also known as the City of Medicine, there are more than 300 medical and health facilities, making medicine Durham’s number one industry. In fact, one in four people work in the medical field.
"Also known as the City of Medicine, there are more than 300 medical and health facilities, making medicine Durham’s number one industry. In fact, one in four people work in the medical field."
Durham is also considered one of the most exciting places to visit and live. The city features numerous artistic displays as well as some of the most exciting spectator sports teams in the country. In fact, numerous National teams including the USA Baseball Olympic Team make their home in Durham. Weekly events and festivals provide ongoing entertainment opportunities for residents and visitors.
The neighborhoods of Durham range from fabulous historic homes on friendly, tree-lined streets to renovated downtown loft apartments to a multitude of planned communities around a central lake or golf course. Acreage with farm houses and animals are also popular spots to reside.
The free-thinking and artistically rich culture earns Durham the title of the Number Three Most Enlightened City. Durham serves as a nucleus for creativity, imagination, medical research and higher education.
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