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Durham is a city in Durham County. (The community straddles Durham and Orange counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Dr. Bartlett Durham, landowner who granted right-of-way to the railroad.

The latitude of Durham is 35.993N. The longitude is -78.898W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 404 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 198,376.


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Median household income
Local
$41,160
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Durham demographic reports
Durham is on the Eno River.
Former and merged names include:
· Durhamville
Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh form what is known as the Triangle
Public transportation: Durham Area Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,663. The number of murders and homicides was 22. The violent crime rate was 8.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1988 movie, "Bull Durham"
· 1990 movie, "The Handmaid's Tale"
· 1991 movie, "Once Around"
Well-known residents have included:
· Rick Ferrell, baseball player
· Alan Clark, musician (Dire Straits)
· Roger Lee Craig, baseball player
· Seth Wescott, 2006 Olympics gold medal winner (snowboarding - snowboard cross)
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Spring Carnival - March 30-April 8, 2007
  • American Dance Festival - June 8-July 23, 2007
  • Bull Durham Blues Festival - Sept. 7-8, 2007
  • Gay Pride Parade and Festival - Sept. 29-30, 2007
  • Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival - May 19-20, 2007
  • Native American Powwow - Feb. 17, 2007
  • Festival for the Eno - July 4, 7-8, 2007
  • Bull City Chili Challenge - June 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Durham web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Eno River State Park, Falls Lake Recreational Area
Sports teams: Bulls (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Bennett Place State Historic Site, Duke Homestead State Historic Site, Museum of Life and Science, Nasher Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Durham Technical Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 152

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Durham demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Durham County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Raleigh-Durham area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 27701 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of Durham residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Durham ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Durham was $22,526, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

42% of Durham residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Durham include Cleveland Street District, Downtown Durham Historic District, Durham Cotton Mills Village Historic District, Golden Belt Historic District, Holloway Street District, Morehead Hill Historic District, North Carolina Central University Historic District, North Durham - Duke Park District, Pearl Mill Village Historic District, Trinity Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Durham, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $560.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,116.


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Libraries

Libraries in Durham include Bragtown Branch, Durham County Library, McDougald Terrace Branch, North Durham Branch Library, Parkwood Branch Library, Salvation Army Boys Club, Southwest Branch Library, Stanford L Warren Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Durham include Herald-Sun

TV stations in Durham include WRDC, WTVD, WUBX-CA.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WNCU.

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Politics

Durham County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Durham political report.

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Restaurants

Durham restaurants taking online reservations include Chamas Churrascaria, George's Garage, Nana's Restaurant, Papas Grille, Parizade, Restaurant Starlu, Vin Rouge ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Durham workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 49 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Durham between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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