When vying for consideration as a place to retire, destinations need to have a mix of engaging offerings, as well as practical services and infrastructure. When looked at through such a lens, Durham shows a whole lot of promise as a great place for people to start this chapter of their lives.
Its arts and cultural offerings, restaurants, continuing education, and strong community coupled with the excellence in medical care have made Durham a a highly celebrated retirement destination for years. "People choose where to retire quite deliberately. Durham is the sort of place where those who want to be a part of it are welcomed - and that's enticing," said Sam Poley, Director of Public Relations for the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau when referring to how easily people join the Durham community.
Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, apparently feels the same way. Durham is one of eight cities profiled in the “8 Havens for College Hoops” feature in the March/April issue, available nationwide on Feb. 18, 2014. "True, we also have outstanding college basketball in Durham, too," said Poley referring to the Duke Blue Devils who have a laundry list of top ranks to their credit.
Annette Fuller, the editor of Where to Retire, said these eight cities, including Durham, appeal to retirees who enjoy college sports as well as the many other amenities that come with living in a college town. “Basketball reigns supreme in Durham, where the students and the community rally behind their beloved Duke University Blue Devils. But beyond the basketball madness is a youthful city, rich with outdoor adventure, cultural events, excellent restaurants and continuing-education opportunities,” Fuller said.
Durham is no stranger to recognition as a great place to retire. It is regularly noted as the best place in the US to retire. See all those rankings on the Durham Accolades website.