Best Cities 2010:Durham, NC

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Best Cities 2010:Durham, NC

Family-friendly Durham is a great place to keep your kids entertained with jazz festivals, blues festivals, symphony concerts, and art exhibitions

City: Durham

State: North Carolina

Best Cities Overall Rank: 27

About Durham:Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited the city during the struggle for equal rights.

There seems to be an abundance of fun activities in family-friendly Durham to keep your kids entertained. Events include jazz festivals, blues festivals, symphony concerts, and art exhibitions. A center of Durham’s culture is its Carolina Theater, which shows both live performances and films. In December 2007, ranked Durham as one of the “Top 20 Places to Educate Your Child.” Major employers in Durham are Duke University and companies in the Research Triangle Park. 

County: Durham

Population: 223,284

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Herald-Sun

Durham blogs: Stir Crazy Moms of Durgam, Southern Stuf, Triangle Mamas 

Durham‘s Facebook page: Follow Durham on Facebook 

Durham‘s Twitter page: Follow Durham on Twitter


Education rank: 68

High School graduation rate 2008: 63%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 5

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.24

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9951


Health rank: 23

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.45

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.45

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 41

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1815

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 812.87

Sex Offenders: 265

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 118.68


Economy rank: 12

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 22.1        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.4      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 363.07

Median Home Sale Price: $148,100                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 0.72%                        

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 13.77%      


Recreation Rank:  50

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3000          

Parkland per 100,000: 1343.58