Best Places to Live

Durham, NC

Population: 246,084
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

A national leader in medical research and health care, especially at Research Triangle Park, Durham also houses academic powerhouse Duke University, landing it a spot on our Top 10 College Towns. For this reason, the city ranks in the top 10 for health care coverage on this list. The abundance of young, diverse talent is also a plus. Durham is also home to art museums, a strong music culture, historic districts, and abundant parks and waterways – reasons why it’s also made our Top 100 Best Places to Live list.