Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.

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The Durham-Chapel Hill area ranks third among small metro areas for its demographics and quality-of-life factors. The city is part of the state’s Research Triangle, one of the largest tech and biotech research centers in the county. A well-educated population from surrounding area colleges and universities, including Duke, North Carolina Central, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, fuels this hub. The city shares nearby Raleigh’s appealing natural attractions and its midpoint location between the mountains and the ocean, providing a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. However, distances between schools and recreation are significant, which may provide a bit of a challenge for the carless.

#3 Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.

POPULATION: 539,298
STUDENTS: 64,241
RANKING DETAIL:
#3 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#2 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#9 CITY ACCESS
#14 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#14 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#14 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#10 LABOR FORCE
#7 INNOVATION
#9 RENT

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