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Expert Senior Living Advisors from A Place for Mom can help direct you to Independent Living communities. Together, we will find the perfect fit for your loved one, and we will provide direction and support as needed. We partner with 252 Independent Living communities in Durham and the surrounding area, so there are many options to choose from. A Place for Mom is the largest senior living referral service in North America, and we can help you make a good choice at no cost to you.

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Veranda at Whitted School

200 East Umstead Street, Durham, NC 27707

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Durham Regent

3007 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705

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Durham Regent provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Durham Chapel Hill, you'll love the vibrant community steeped in rich academia and a proud sports tradition with Duke University and the University of North Carolina both...

Emerald Pond

205 Emerald Pond Lane, Durham, NC 27705

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Emerald Pond provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Situated on a peaceful 100-acre nature preserve that features ponds, walking trails and abundant wildlife, Emerald Pond is the home you're looking for in Durham. Our community was ranked the #1 Foodiest Small...

Atria Southpoint Walk

5705 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713

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Atria Southpoint Walk encourages active older adults to spend their time as they wish, knowing everything from housekeeping to cooking and even transportation is handled for them. Our convenient location a short distance from shopping, restaurants, universities and parks, combined with a robust...

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Bartlett Reserve

300 Meredith Drive, Durham, NC 27713

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Bartlett Reserve is an independent living community located in Durham, NC, in the heart of the Triangle area near Research Triangle Park. The team at Bartlett Reserve sought to create an entirely new independent senior living concept, blending the needs of today’s seniors with 4-star level...

Overture Chapel Hill 55+Active Adult Apartment Homes

5910 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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The Cambridge at Brier Creek (Opening Spring 2022)

7780 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh, NC 27612

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We believe every day is an opportunity for Optimal Living® – from your community, to your health, to your overall well being. Perfectly situated between Raleigh and Durham, our Brier Creek location provides the best of both worlds – from cultural events to outdoor adventures, and everything in...

Brier Pointe Retirement Community (Opening Summer 2022)

5911 McCrimmon Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560

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Brier Pointe, the luxurious Resort Lifestyle Community, is currently under construction on McCrimmon Parkway in Morrisville. We look forward to opening brand new during the Summer of 2022! Brier Pointe will offer all of the comforts and conveniences of modern-day living that allow you to enjoy...

Overture Cary -Now Open!

1055 Hatches Pond Lake, Morrisville, NC 27560

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Opening in Spring 2021, Overture Cary, a Greystar Community, is an active adult community complex beautifully located in the heart of the Research Triangle. Overture Cary has a variety of floor plans to choose from that perfectly fit each lifestyle with modern, spacious features that add to the...

Preston Pointe

1995 NW Cary Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560

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Preston Pointe is the perfect mix of upscale senior living and Southern charm. Our philosophy of always making you feel welcomed, valued and at home in a friendly and luxurious space sets us apart from other retirement communities in the research triangle. We offer the best characteristics of...

Capital Oaks Retirement Resort

6498 Ray Road, Raleigh, NC 27613

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Capital Oaks is the perfect choice for people with a passion for living who are looking for comfort, independence, security, convenience, and a friendly community in the place they call home. Month-to-month rent for studio, 1, 2, & 3 bedroom suites provide all-inclusive services including...

Overture Crabtree 55+ Apartment Homes

4408 Marriott Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612

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Life just keeps getting better, doesn't it? And Overture Crabtree is the perfect place to live it. A welcoming active adult community filled with intriguing people and countless ways to get to spend your time. A gorgeous apartment home, with resort-inspired amenities and services focused on you....

Whispering Pines

7501 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27615

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At Whispering Pines, we have an abundance of heart, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Our caring management team is here for you any time, day or night, because we live here too. We participate in activities and pour coffee at mealtime while taking the time to get to know each of our...

Magnolia Glen

5301 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27612

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Magnolia Glen is one of Raleigh’s most reputable senior living rental communities. Our wellness mission is centered on providing safety and security, health and well-being, and five-star services to foster the most vibrant and fulfilling senior living community in Raleigh. We are conveniently...

Independence Village of Olde Raleigh

3113 Charles B. Root Wynd, Raleigh, NC 27612

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Stand tall at Independence Village of Olde Raleigh, where the natural beauty of our community's surroundings blends perfectly with the modern-day amenities offered in our updated studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. Wall-to-wall carpet and mini-blinds on all windows provide the comforts...

Waltonwood Lake Boone

3550 Horton St., Raleigh, NC 27607

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105 Convention Dr, Cary, NC 27511

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Woodland Terrace

300 Kildaire Woods Dr, Cary, NC 27511

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Woodland Terrace is a trusted community with 20 years of experience. Our tenured staff and resident longevity speaks to the confidence you can expect at Woodland Terrace.Arranged on 22 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, Woodland Terrace has the charm of a small southern town. Our community...

Brookdale North Raleigh

1200 Carlos Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

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Our exceptional senior care community offers independent living services for seniors in Raleigh, N.C., which is renowned for its high quality of life. With pet-friendly apartments designed to feel and function like home, a jam-packed activities calendar and upscale conveniences, our community is...

Atria Oakridge

10810 Sandy Oak Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614

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Atria Oakridge offers residents a lively social atmosphere while taking care of the housekeeping, cooking, and even transportation. Whether escaping with a good book on our patio or cheering on your favorite team in our sports lounge, your time is truly yours. We offer educational and cultural...

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Learn More About Independent Living in Durham, NC

Part of central North Carolina’s “Research Triangle,” Durham is more than a college town — the city’s diverse history reverberates throughout its many museums, parks, and revitalized shopping districts.

Independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — in Durham are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of Durham retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Independent Living in Durham, NC

The median monthly cost of independent living in Durham is about $2,400 in the city proper and $2,600 within the metropolitan area. The median monthly cost for independent living in the state of North Carolina is around $2,600 as well.

Learn More About Durham, NC

Cost of Living

The total household expenses associated with living in Durham are rated 12 points below the national average. Grocery and other essential costs are also rated below the average.

Index Scores

All index scores are based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates that the cost is twice as expensive as the national average, while a score of 50 indicates that the cost is half as expensive.

Household ExpensesHealth CareInsuranceEntertainmentGroceryClothing888491878994

Income and Housing

Median income age 45-64Median income age 65+Median household incomeAverage individual incomeMedian employee salaryAverage property taxOne-bedroom apartment gross rent estimate$65,493 per year$45,584 per year$54,390 per year$31,352 per year$46,035 per year$2,973 per year$834 per month

Local Hospitals

The top hospitals that service Durham include:

Duke Regional Hospital

  • Facility type: governmental, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 350+
  • Specialties: emergency department, ICU, joint replacement

Duke University Hospital

  • Facility type: nonprofit, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 970+
  • Specialties: emergency department, inpatient surgery, ICU

Weather and Climate

Durham has a humid subtropical climate, meaning the city has four distinct seasons. Summers tend to be hot and humid, and thunderstorms are common. During winter, temperatures are usually cool but not extremely cold, and abundant snowfall is rare. Durham’s average humidity level is 67%, and humidity levels are often highest during September at about 73%.

Seasonal Temperatures

January AverageJanuary MaximumJanuary Minimum39°F49°F28°F

July AverageJuly MaximumJuly Minimum79°F89°F70°F

Air Quality

  • Relative Air Quality Index: 81

This index is based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates twice the presence of air pollutants than the national average, while a score of 50 indicates half the presence.


  • Average Annual Precipitation: 48″

Demographics and Values

Population Statistics

Median agePercent of population over 65PopulationPopulation DensityAverage Household Size35.411.3%265,2002,384.1 per square mile2.4

Race & Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan NativeAsianBlackHispanic or LatinoNative Hawaiian or Pacific IslanderTwo or More RacesWhite (not Hispanic or Latino)0.3%5.3%39.3%14.1%<0.1%2.9%38.9%

These figures were taken from the most recent U.S. Census.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

These scores were taken from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

  • Non-discrimination laws in Durham: 0/30
  • Overall inclusivity: 69/100

2016 Presidential Election Results for Durham County


Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

Part of central North Carolina’s “Research Triangle,” Durham stays vibrant thanks to the two major universities that influence much of the city’s modern culture and economy. But this is more than a college town — Durham’s role in the early civil rights movement, along with its roots in the tobacco industry, are reflected throughout the city’s museums, parks, and sports teams.

The American Tobacco Historic, a former tobacco factory complex converted into restaurants and event venues, helps anchor the city’s revitalized downtown area, along with the Durham Performing Arts Center and Durham Bulls Athletic Park for baseball. Only a few blocks away, the dining spots and boutique shops in the repurposed tobacco warehouses of Brightleaf Square are a go-to destination for both locals and tourists. Other downtown highlights are the Museum of Durham History — where you can learn about the Hayti neighborhood and other examples of African American prosperity in Durham — and the Carolina Theatre, which hosts concerts and film festivals throughout the year. The area around the campus of Duke University, a couple miles west of downtown, includes the Nasher Museum of Art and the gorgeous Sarah P. Duke Gardens, a 55-acre park with walking paths weaving throughout manicured lawns, pristine flower beds, wooded areas, and a large koi pond.

If you’re looking for outdoor excursions and activities, you’ll have plenty of options around Durham. Eno River State Park features hiking trails, campgrounds, and opportunities for fishing and canoeing. West Point on the Eno is a riverside park with trails and an amphitheater, as well as a historical center with well-preserved structures like an 1800s mill and farm house now open to the public. Running more than 20 miles along an abandoned railroad track through the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, the American Tobacco Trail provides a paved trail open to walkers, cyclists, rollerbladers, and wheelchair users. The Museum of Life and Science, with interactive exhibits both inside and outside, attracts curious visitors of all ages.


Transportation in Durham is available via the city’s public transit system GoDurham, which provides bus routes with stops throughout the city. GoDurham offers free service for seniors along with ACCESS, a paratransit program for accessible, door-to-door transportation. GoTriangle is the public transportation service for the Research Triangle region encompassing Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Cary. Operated by Amtrak, the Carolinean is a commuter train running between Charlotte and New York with a stop in downtown Durham.

Frequently asked questions about Independent Living facilities in North Carolina

There are 20 independent living facilities near Durham, North Carolina. See the full list.

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