Consistently ranked by regional and national media as one of the top places to live and do business in the United States, Durham is not only a place where great things happen, but also an open and welcoming place to call home. Durham residents are accepting, culturally diverse, community-spirited, and passionate.
Carolina Friends School is nestled on 126 acres of woodlands and pastureland minutes from the heart of Durham (population 262,715), as well as Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and the state capital of Raleigh.
The Triangle offers appealing and affordable lifestyles amid beautiful surroundings in North Carolina’s rolling Piedmont, two to three hours from the mountains and from the coast. Stunning outdoor recreational areas (including the many trails of the Duke Forest), state parks, and lakes and are just minutes away from campus.
Many CFS parents work at entrepreneurial endeavors, Research Triangle Park companies, or local institutions of higher education.
The area is a hub for entrepreneurship, nurtured by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED; university entrepreneurship education programs; and startup incubators such as the American Underground and Bull City Forward.
The 7,000-acre, Durham-based Research Triangle Park (RTP), the largest research park in the country, includes more than 170 major research companies—Cisco, GSK, IBM, Syngenta, and others—in fields such as informatics, nanoscale technologies, and pharmaceuticals.
The Triangle is also home to a diverse array of four-year colleges and universities, including Duke, Meredith, North Carolina Central, North Carolina State, Saint Augustine’s, Shaw, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and William Peace, as well as strong two-year institutions, such as Durham Technical Community College.
The Triangle also offers:
- outstanding museums, such as the Marbles Kids Museum, the Museum of Life and Science, the Nasher Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
- professional ballet, symphony, theatre, and opera
- a vibrant music scene, from local acts to national tours, in venues from the historic 1926 Carolina Theatre to the gleaming Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
- great restaurants and farmers markets (Bon Appétit and the New York Times among others have called Durham a “foodie town”)
- numerous sports activities and teams, at the collegiate and professional levels (including the Stanley Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes hockey franchise, the Triple-A Durham Bulls baseball team, and the Carolina RailHawks and Carolina Courage soccer teams)
- excellent medical and health care (Durham is known as the "City of Medicine")