Durham County

Noteworthy Characteristics


A Rich History with a Versatile Future


Over the past forty years, Durham County has evolved from tobacco and textiles into an exceptional center for technology. Leading industry clusters here include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Agri-biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Advanced Health Care
  • IT/Informatics/Automation
  • Software/Big Data/Cloud Computing
  • Financial services
  • Cleantech
  • Transportation

Unique Developments and Contributions


Downtown Durham has soared in popularity as a hub for start-ups, with over 50 companies employing 500 people currently occupying the Central Business District. Mostly in the software and IT sectors, they richly complement larger technology companies already established. And a 2,800-seat performing arts center greatly expanded the city’s growing cultural arts offerings to include touring Broadway productions and live performances.  Learn more about Durham’s forward-thinking progress.

Infrastructure and Support


The county has three major hospitals including the nationally ranked Duke University Medical Center. It is also a leading center of agriculture biotechnology in the US, with BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Syngenta, and Monsanto all having significant research centers in the community. Learn even more about the available support systems and infrastructure in Durham County.

“Our founders believed moving Burt’s Bees to the Research Triangle Region was one of their best strategic decisions. This is a business-friendly, progressive region with like-minded people and partners who share our values, plus great access to nature. We have been able recruit and retain top flight talent and thrive here.”


- Jim Geikie -- General Manager, Burt’s Bees

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