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Durham, facts and numbers

Durham has a population of 263,016 people and is a part of the Research Triangle.

The median 1-bedroom rent is $1,040 a month. The cost of living in Durham is 11% lower than the national average. The median home value was $232,600, and the median home list price was $299,000.

Home values increased by 6.8% in the past year and are forecast to rise another 3.8% in 2020. 54% of residents own their homes, whereas 46% rent.
Property Tax: The property tax for Durham County is 1.230%, quite a bit higher than the state’s rate of 0.855% and higher than the US rate of 1.211%.

Sales Tax: 7.50%. This combined rate is a total of the county rate of 2.25%, the state rate of 4.75%, and a special tax rate of .50%.

State Income Tax: North Carolina has an income tax rate of 5.25%, which is lower than neighboring Virginia (5.75%) as well as South Carolina (7.0%).
The economy is strong in Durham with the job market increasing by 2.0% over last year.

Unemployment is at a rate of 3.5%, which is lower than the US average of 3.9%.

The top fields are health care, education, and technology. The city has major employers, like Duke University, IBM, and BCBS of North Carolina.

Durham Sky Line
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Durham City View

What to expect from Durham

In terms of commute: the interstates include NC 147, which connects downtown southeast to Research Triangle Park and northwest to Duke University; I-40 connects southeastern Durham to the northwest along the western side of the city; Hwy 501 connects west to Chapel Hill.

The average commute usually doesn’t exceed 23 minutes. That excludes weekday rush hours when getting between Raleigh and Durham can take well over an hour. Durham has a weak public transit, and biking is the best alternative transportation.

There are several bike routes throughout Durham, particularly in the Downtown area, but they don’t extend out to the suburban regions.

We’ll bet you’re curious about what to expect from Durham’s weather. Spring and fall are pleasant, with mild, comfortable temperatures. The two hottest months are July and August, with humid highs around 92 and lows between 68 and 70.

The two coolest months are January and February when the highs reach around 50 degrees, and the lows sink to 28 or 29.

Entertainment and activities

Entertainment in The Bull City must be the next thing on your mind. The good news is – the city offers its culture, history, nature, and education for residents of all ages and interests.

The Carolina Theatre features comedy, film, and live music. The Durham Performing Arts Center is the largest performing arts center in the Carolinas. 

The DPAC hosts over 200 performances a year, including Broadway productions, concerts and comedy events, family shows and the American Dance Festival. The Museum of Durham History and The Museum of Life and Science are interactive and educational.

For sports lovers, North Carolina teams include the NFL Carolina Panthers, the NBA Charlotte Hornets, and the NHL Carolina Hurricanes. And Durham is home of more than 80% of the NASCAR racing teams. 

Charlotte Motor Speedway holds NASCAR races every year.

Durham Central Park has a list of activities: a skate park, a venue for social activities, outdoor movies, walking trails, food trucks, and a butterfly garden. The parks you should definitely check out our Piney Wood Park and West Point on the Eno. 

The American Tobacco Trail is 22.6 miles long, and 12 of those miles run through Durham. Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a 55-acre public garden with over five miles of walking trails.

Durham Performing Arts Center
American Tobacco trail in Durham
Durham Police Department

Education and crime rate

Education in Durham. The Durham Public School System includes 54 schools. Some standouts that rank above average include J D Clement Early College High School, Pearsontown Elementary, and Voyager Academy. 

The highly ranked universities are Duke, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State. The Durham Tech Community College is popular among those who are interested in pursuing a technical degree.

A mild downside of Durham is its crime rate. The property crime rate in Durham is 58.1, which is substantially higher than the US average of 35.4. The violent crime rating is 40.6, again much higher than the national average of 22.7.

The city has higher crime rates than neighboring Raleigh and Chapel Hill, whereas Wake Forest, Cary, Morrisville, and others offer even lower crime rates. With that said, Durham’s overall crime rate has fallen in recent years.

With great confidence that Durham won’t leave you disappointed, we encourage you to come for a visit! If you’ve been searching for a fast-growing, developing city that still has its historic-town charm, you’ve found the right place.

Movers in Durham

At Distinctive Moving and Storage, we offer a wide variety of moving services to the residents of Durham. Moving locally in Durham? Call us today to get a free estimate. Contact Phone: (919)747-3262 | Check out or Specials on moves for NC residents 
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Services we offer

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Local Moves

By local movers

By the hour, flat-rate, or not-to-exceed estimates. Moving within the state of North Carolina.

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Long-distance Moving

For state to state moves

Based on the inventory of the items. Handled by our company. Direct and flexible delivery options. 

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Packing Services

And packing supplies

Pre-packing, full-packing and partial packing services. Moving or not, we are happy to help.

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Short and Long-term Storage

Climate controlled storage available

We offer storage services for the clients with a move of any size.  Flexible terms, easy payment schedule. 

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Professional Piano Movers

Years of experience handling fragile instruments
Upright, baby-grand, or a grand piano. We are experts with years of training in handling pianos.
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Commercial Moves

Movers for your office, warehouse or shop.

Special rates for local businesses. Tailored estimates, and service. We can do it all, no exceptions.

What our clients say about us

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I am very happy with the services provided. Distinctive movers helped me move locally from Raleigh to Cary. I had a two bedroom apartment and moved into a 3 bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor. I was surprised by how efficient and fast the guys worked. Bottom line, I paid a fair price, and my items were delivered with no damages. I recommend their services to anyone looking for a great mover.
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Distinctive Movers helped me and my family with the move to Florida. I am very happy with the service and the price. Only moving company who offered a complete and detailed quote with the answers to all of my questions. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking to move to a different state.
Elena Bland
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I moved my five bedroom house. The customer service was wonderful. I don’t have much experience with moving, so was expecting it to be a stressful event my friends had described it to be. 🙂 but thanks to these guys the whole process has gone pretty smoothly. Good communication is the key. I’m definitely happy with the result.
Jenny Harris
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Distinctive Movers are punctual, careful and friendly. We had to move a three-bedroom home out-of-state. They packed every piece of the furniture carefully to avoid any damages. The complete process from moving out to moving in took less than a week. Quick delivery, affordable cost. Thank you!
Jason Metcalfe
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We had 2 movers who got the job done quickly. We chose a full-packing service. They packed up vases, glasses, and other kitchen items. Every piece was handled carefully and there were no damages to any of the items. Took apart all the furniture and put it back together quickly and correctly. I would highly recommend.
Rasheed Ferry
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Incredible movers. The guys were so accommodating and polite, they managed to get everything done quickly and without any problems. I can highly recommend Distinctive Moving to anyone looking for a mover in Raleigh.

Why settle for less? Hire Distinctive Moving and Storage today!

Hours of operation:

Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Sunday: Closed.

Fully licensed and insured

NC License (C-2945)
USDOT: 3372637
MC: 1081463

Main office:

Distinctive Moving and Storage L.L.C.

10520 Little Brier Creek Ln #202
Raleigh, NC, 27617

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