Life in Durham

Durham has warm weather, cozy atmosphere, great food scene, a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities, great dance scene. There is a lot of cultural diversity in the Triangle area, which is well reflected in the food and music scene too!

Lara Wadi, MD, Neurology - PG4

Live, Learn, and Serve in the Triangle Area of North Carolina

Duke Health is located in Durham, N.C., which is commonly recognized for its availability of jobs, relatively low cost of living, affordable housing, safe streets, culture, nationally ranked food scene, and diversity. In 2021 U.S. World & News Report ranked Raleigh and Durham the second-best place to live nationwide out of 150. Durham is part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, one of three cities each anchored by a major university: Duke and N.C. Central University in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill.

In addition to living in these communities, Duke Health strives to improve the health of people and neighborhoods and promote goodwill as ambassadors of the communities we serve. Faculty, staff, trainees and students are engaged in programs and services with our community partners to achieve shared goals. Learn more about Community Health.

A Great Place to Live

In 2021 U.S. News ranked Raleigh & Durham #2 in Best Places to Live in the United States.

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Durham Bulls

The Durham Bulls are a Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays that plays in the International League. Their stadium the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is right in downtown Durham next to the American Tobacco Campus.

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Duke Performances

Duke Performances presents 60-70 world class performances a season. In genres from classical to Americana. Cécile McLorin Salvant. Photo credit Dr. Stephen Sussman.

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The OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival is the second largest queer, lesbian, gay and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons to downtown Durham every August.

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DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines, and state-of-the-art sound and video. Ranked annually among the top-ten theaters in America by three leading national magazines that cover live entertainment events and venues

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Music in Duke Gardens
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Events at the Nasher Museum of Art
Tomatoes at the Durham Farmers Market