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Durham ranks No. 4 on nationwide livability index

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 12.16.44 PMDawn Kurry
Triangle Business Journal

If you live in Durham, your home is in the fourth-best place to live in the U.S.

That’s according to, which ranked the top 100 places to live around the country. The website’s annual livability index is scored according to eight factors: A thriving business community, access to affordable health care, access to affordable housing, an engaged civic community, schools and universities, city amenities, a diverse range of residents and solid transportation infrastructure.

Durham ranked highly because of its rich history in tobacco production, textiles and agriculture, the website says. The city also scored highly due to low spending on health care and a high number of hospitals.

Additionally, Durham scored well in education, thanks to Duke University, as well as the performing arts, due to theDurham Performing Arts Center.

“On the business side, you’ll find the Research Triangle Park, which started 50 years ago as a way to retain the talent that Duke and other area universities in Raleigh and Chapel Hill were producing, especially in the areas of technology and science,” writes Matt Carmichael of

Other North Carolina cities on the list are Greensboro at No. 19, Asheville at No. 48 and Chapel Hill at No. 71.

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