The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Durham For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Durham are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Durham.
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Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Durham, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Durham neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Durham are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to North Carolina and Durham is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Durham for 2021.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Durham for 2021? According to the most recent census data, West End looks to be the best Durham neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Durham that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Durham.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Durham

Population: 1,015
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $299,859 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $29,666 (32nd best)
More on West End: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,538
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $272,201 (12th best)
Median Income: $45,654 (16th best)
More on Trinity Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,871
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $271,157 (13th best)
Median Income: $53,573 (12th best)
More on Walltown: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 759
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $133,717 (3best)
Median Income: $39,700 (20th best)
More on Lyon Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 843
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $342,715 (Third best)
Median Income: $35,473 (26th best)
More on Morrehead Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,521
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $83,731 (39th best)
Median Income: $25,537 (38th best)
More on Northeast Central Durham: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,626
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $295,814 (11th best)
Median Income: $42,458 (19th best)
More on Old West Durham: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,098
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $140,515 (28th best)
Median Income: $27,210 (37th best)
More on Fayetteville Street Corridor: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 249
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $359,836 (Second best)
Median Income: $59,097 (Eighth best)
More on St. Teresa: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 545
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $137,362 (29th best)
Median Income: $44,091 (18th best)
More on Colonial Village: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Durham, NC Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Durham, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 41 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Durham." We're lookin' at you, West End.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Durham, North Carolina has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Durham

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Durham where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Durham aren't all good. Duke Homestead takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Durham.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Durham For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 West End 1,015 $299,859 $29,666
2 Trinity Park 2,538 $272,201 $45,654
3 Walltown 1,871 $271,157 $53,573
4 Lyon Park 759 $133,717 $39,700
5 Morrehead Hill 843 $342,715 $35,473
6 Northeast Central Durham 3,521 $83,731 $25,537
7 Old West Durham 2,626 $295,814 $42,458
8 Fayetteville Street Corridor 9,098 $140,515 $27,210
9 St. Teresa 249 $359,836 $59,097
10 Colonial Village 545 $137,362 $44,091
11 Y. E. Smith Community Organization 2,043 $81,073 $32,460
12 Rockwood 800 $308,157 $57,956
13 East Durham 8,949 $86,897 $28,730
14 Forest Hills 1,647 $342,482 $36,831
15 Southwest Central Durham 5,272 $238,098 $34,215
16 Parkside 139 $308,616 $76,071
17 Tuscaloosa-Lakewood 1,493 $299,859 $38,481
18 Albright Community 826 $100,829 $28,532
19 Plum Street 262 $83,749 $23,602
20 Valley Run 261 $263,643 $32,204
21 Duke University 8,814 $299,859 $25,247
22 Hope Valley 9,260 $444,276 $67,904
23 Burch Avenue 533 $299,859 $24,844
24 Lakewood Park 646 $189,799 $37,969
25 Old North Durham 1,835 $110,656 $35,838
26 Northgate Park 1,455 $137,362 $44,747
27 Watts Hospital-Hillandale 2,787 $240,189 $55,992
28 Southeast Durham Joint Community Council 715 $115,922 $30,008
29 Campus Hill 488 $113,703 $27,722
30 Duke Park 2,162 $177,479 $46,012
31 South Durham 26,198 $218,267 $70,538
32 Duke Forest 2,753 $245,167 $33,147
33 Stadium Heights 1,207 $209,480 $38,955
34 Wellons Village 1,636 $82,410 $28,669
35 Orange County Courtesy Review Area 535 $222,463 $48,524
36 Croasdaile Farm 2,491 $249,823 $59,698
37 Parkwood 2,806 $170,885 $67,648
38 North Garrett Road Community 2,691 $223,473 $59,098
39 Latta Road 2,029 $181,507 $81,203
40 Omah Street Citizens 230 $184,116 $56,359
41 Duke Homestead 1,226 $132,833 $48,778

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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