About Durham, NC

About Durham NC

Durham is known as the City of Medicine because almost one in four Durham workers is employed in health care or a health-related industry. In addition, Durham is home to many leading technology companies like IBM, Cree, and others located in Research Triangle Park. Those companies not only continue Durham's history of technology and innovation, but they also carry forward its manufacturing heritage, which began with tobacco and textiles in the 19th century and remains a key component of Durham's economy today. See more at: http://www.durham-nc.com/maps-info/faqs

Durham Is Transforming Healthcare. For over 40 years, Durham has been leading the way in medical breakthroughs that make life a little easier. Some amazing things have happened here that make Durham the City of Medicine, USA.


RDU International Airport is located just two miles from the Durham city limits and only 13 miles from Downtown Durham. Taxi, shuttle, and car rental service is available there. Travel via automobile via Interstate 85 from the north or south and via Interstate 40 from the east or west. You also can travel via train; Downtown Durham's Amtrak station serves passengers traveling both the Piedmont (Charlotte to Durham to Raleigh) and Carolinian (Charlotte to Durham to New York City) routes. Find out more at the transportation and travel services page, and find directions at the Visitor Information Center page

Food and FAQ’s about Durham

Durham is also home to several restaurants well-known for North Carolina barbecue. In Durham, you can get both the Eastern North Carolina style (with chopped pork and a clear sauce of vinegar, pepper, and salt) and the Western North Carolina style (with chopped or sliced pork with a red sauce that includes ketchup and sugar, along with the other ingredients). Find out more in the restaurants section

Durham is known as the City of Medicine, USA. Healthcare is a major industry, including more than 300 medical and health-related companies and medical practices with a combined payroll that exceeds $1.2 billion annually.

Research Triangle Park: A 7,000-acre Southeast Durham-based special county research and production district encompassed on three sides by the city of Durham and served by a Durham postal substation. Houses more than 170 major research companies employing 39,000 full-time employees and 10,000 contract workers.

Treyburn: A 5,300-acre corporate park, country club, and residential area in northeastern Durham. Companies like bioMérieux and Becton Dickinson and more than 100 families call Treyburn home.

In addition to Duke and NCCU, Durham is home to North Carolina School of Science & Math, Durham Technical Community College, many private schools, and Durham Public Schools, the eighth largest school district in the state.

Find out more in the at Durham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau FAQ Page

Climate & Weather

Temperatures here are very pleasant, allowing for outdoor activities like golf almost year round. Seasonal temperatures fall into the following ranges:

Month High Low Rain
F C F C Monthly
October 70 21 46 8 3.62
November 61 16 37 3 3.50
December 52 11 29 -2 3.48
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