Living in the Triangle

Duke Nursing calls the “Research Triangle” of North Carolina home. Known simply as “The Triangle,” the region is centrally located in the state of North Carolina, and the three points of the triangle comprise the cities of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. Highly ranked as one of the top places to live and work by popular publications and polls like Forbes, the US News & World Report, and Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the region has much to offer.



Durham, nicknamed the “City of Medicine,” is at the heart of the Duke University Health System. Duke University Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital are located here, in addition to the Duke Home Care & Hospice Hock Family Pavilion and many Duke Primary Care and Private Diagnostic Clinics. In recent years, the “foodie scene” has taken off, putting Durham at the top of the charts for specialty barbecue and organic fare. Entertainment venues like the Durham Performing Arts Center attract popular concerts and Broadway productions throughout the year. Seasonal outdoor festivals and the Durham Farmers Market are now popular, must-do staples of the community. Notably, Durham is not short on collegiate talent; Duke University and North Carolina Central University are strong competitors in Division I and Division II athletics respectively.



Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, is ever-expanding. Duke Raleigh Hospital and a number of Duke Primary Care and Private Diagnostic Clinics are located here. Consistently ranked as a top healthy city, among other accolades, the city of Raleigh offers many green spaces and pedestrian-friendly developments. Also known as the “City of Oaks,” Raleigh offers a multitude of cultural, arts, entertainment, dining and shopping venues. Affordable housing and family-friendly events that are popular year-round in this mid-sized city make it a special place. Young professionals find plenty of opportunities to explore the city with a solid nightlife in downtown Raleigh. College athletics are very popular here, with an ever-present NC State University Wolfpack fan nearby.



Chapel Hill, “The Southern Part of Heaven,” offers a quiet, small-town feel, nestled in the tree-lined rolling hills. Known for its outstanding school system and proximity to many major services, this is an attractive area with a reasonable commute for many Duke employees. Farm-to-Table dining venues, farmers’ markets and street festivals are all popular components in this college town. And, you can’t forget the very popular Franklin Street, offering more than 50 dining selections to please a variety of culinary tastes.

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