Durham is a fascinating city rich in history and appeal. This city boasts with national accolades that has earned it’s reputation as a fine city to live, work, and play! The Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan statistical area has been recognized with a no. 15 ranking on "America's Smartest Cities" (Forbes). Why not…being the home of acclaimed Duke University and Duke University Hospital! Durham has been also been recognized as number 18 on a list of the "Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs" for its access to funds, networking and mentorship, local economy and affordability. (Nerdwallet). Durham real estate is the home of the well-acclaimed Research Triangle Park (RTP), which is the world's largest university-related research park. RTP is surrounded on three sides by the city of Durham with a small portion of the park spilling over into Wake County toward Morrisville and Apex. There are nearly 190 companies in Research Triangle, 90% of which are in Durham, and over 40,000 full-time and 10,000 contract positions held there.
Parks and Recreation
Durham is home of the Duke University Blue Devils basketball program and Durham Bulls, the local Triple A Minor Baseball team. In the fall of 2008 Durham opened one of the top theaters in the Southeast; The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). This modern theater seats over 2,400 people and hosts off-Broadway shows, as well as comedians and concerts year-round. You’ll not want to miss visiting the highly acclaimed Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art which is dedicated to global contemporary and post-modern art. Also, Durham Parks and Recreation maintains nearly 1,800 acres of public parks, more than 20 miles of trails and greenways, seven recreation centers, two indoor pools, three outdoor pools (open seasonally), and various rental facilities for special events and gatherings.
During the mid-1700s, Scots, Irish, and English colonists settled on land. With the railroad came the tobacco industry, which needed access to transportation in order to thrive. Durham grew around a railroad station established in rural Orange County. In 1849 Dr. Bartlett Durham gave less than four acres to the North Carolina railroad, Durham’s station was built and named in his honor. Growth was slow until after the Civil War when local industrialists opened their own factories and Durham’s main industry began to draw worldwide attention. Textile plants were opened to make the cloth bags for tobacco. Durham became known as the “Bull City.” “Bull Durham” was a brand of tobacco produced in the late 19th and early 20th century, and a movie of the same name in the 1980’s highlighted the area’s minor league baseball heritage.
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