About Durham

Settled by the Scots, Irish, and British in the 1700s, Durham was recognized as a community of the United States in 1823. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Durham was noted for its tobacco and textile operations and the development and evolution of African-American enterprises. Durham is known as the “City of Medicine” and is an international center for scholarship, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and high-tech research and development. Overall, Durham is a matchless blend of sophistication and small town charm.

American Tobacco Skyline

Durham, N.C., is a colorful, creative, and entrepreneurial community and the proud home of Research Triangle Park, Duke and North Carolina Central Universities. Durham is consistently ranked among the greatest places to live and work in the nation. Credit: Chris Barron/Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

The City of Durham is a compact, 298 square-mile, single-city county with a population of over 228,000, and a county population of over 269,000. Centrally located, Durham is approximately 250 miles from Washington and 390 miles from Atlanta. The prestigious Research Triangle Park (RTP), the world’s largest university-related research park populated with major multinational corporations, is just minutes away from the School of Law. This region has the highest per capita population of Ph.Ds, scientists, and engineers in America. This impressive Nobel-Prize winning province is complemented by the scholarly preeminence of North Carolina Central and Duke Universities. Additionally, the NCCU School of Law’s close proximity to Raleigh, the state capital, gives students ready access to federal and state courts.

Other area attractions include the climate and location. North Carolina is ideally located for recreation and culture. There are two recreational lakes nearby and virtually any sport can be found in either amateur or professional venues. The home of the Durham Bulls (Triple-A) minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), is located in downtown Durham. Raleigh is home to the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL). The Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) and the Carolina Panthers (NFL) both play in Charlotte, North Carolina, approximately 145 miles from Durham. The North Carolina Symphony and area museums provide year-round enjoyment. North Carolina beaches and mountains are within four hours; and golf can be played year-round either locally or at world-famous Pinehurst resorts (location of the 1999 US Open), which is within two hours.

Home of the nationally known American Dance Festival, as well as the state’s oldest street arts celebration, Durham offers a lively world of art and culture without any of the usual compromises in the quality of life. We invite you to Durham and the Research Triangle Park area to see for yourself why national magazines have called Durham one of the best places to live and do business in the nation and the “#3 Most Enlightened City.”