Durham Neighborhood CompassDurham Neighborhood Compass

Why This is Important

Significant increases in rents can reflect neighborhood housing market pressures that adversely affect low income renting households. In Durham County, renting has gotten more expensive across the board, with median gross rents climbing from $797 in 2010 to $925 in 2016. Rises in rent are driven by a number of factors, some of which are: tax revaluation, property renovation, replacement of older rental units with newly-built market rate units, and opportunity for increased income in "hot" real estate markets.

According to rental listings in the first quarter of 2018, monthly rents per bedroom were highest in these Durham neighborhoods: Old West Durham ($1,155), Watts-Hillandale ($1,139), Southside ($1,125), Downtown ($987), and Morehead Hill ($982).

About the Data

The median gross rent is at the midpoint of all rent costs for each neighborhood. Half of the rental units in this Census tract cost more and half cost less. Gross rent includes the contract rent plus estimated monthly costs of utilities and heating fuels if these are paid for by the renter (ACS).

Source: American Community Survey (ACS).

Additional Resources

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City of Durham Demolition Permit TrackerIn some Durham neighborhoods older, less expensive market-rate rentals are being torn down and replaced by more expensive units. This site, hosted by the City of Durham, maps all current and recent demolition permits. What's happening in your neighborhood?
American Community Survey (ACS)A primary source of neighborhood-level data for the whole country, provided by the US Census Bureau.
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Data Distribution, 2019

Cost of Rent

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