All you need to know about Durham

Part of the Research Triangle Region, an area made up of three major research universities, Durham is a popular destination for academics, business travellers, and tourists. Durham is the seat of County Durham and has an estimated population of 251,893. The city is also home to Duke University and North Carolina Central University. Corporate housing in the area situates guest’s right next to the Triangle, universities, and corporations; making your business destination within easy reach of your furnished apartment.

Durham, like many American cities, was originally an area devoted to agriculture. The Hillsborough Road that ran through the city was a livestock trade route, and businesses along the road catered to traders during their journey. With the arrival of the railroad, the trade through Durham grew and the population began to steadily increase. After the Civil War, the population and urban areas of Durham rapidly began to grow due to its production of tobacco. Durham Tobacco became Bull Durham Tobacco Factory and its popularity and demand for manufacturing led to the area becoming incorporated in 1869. During the early 1900s foundations which would later become universities were established and manufacturing mills began to close as the city moved on. In the 1950s the Universities in the area purchased a large area of land to become the science park which would become the Research Triangle.

In recent years Durham has rejuvenated parts of its downtown areas and continues to redevelop its former tobacco districts. In 2014 a plan was announced to build an area of 15 acres committed to office buildings, residential, and retail. With so much new office space and the new construction of City Centre Tower, a 26-story high building, Durham is becoming one of the fastest growing business travel destinations. As a result, more and more accommodation options are finding themselves in the area, with corporate housing in Durham being increasingly popular. Business travel to the city has quickly increased in recent years with the main employers being the universities with construction companies following behind.

Durham has numerous attractions to explore, with hikes and cycle paths in state parks and gardens including Eno River State Park, Duke Gardens, and Falls Lake State Recreation Area. The Museum of Life and Science, The American Tobacco Trail, and Nasher Museum of Art all offer great places to learn about the area as well as interactive exhibits to keep children entertained.

Durham is served by Amtrak which offers daily trains between CharlotteNew York City and Raleigh. National bus services operate from the Durham Transit station as well as city buses. Corporate housing and furnished apartments in Durham offer close proximity to transport links throughout the city. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located 12 miles southeast of Durham.

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