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Durham One Call – 560-1200 internet icon
Is there a pothole or a street light that has gone out in front of your house? Call 560-1200 to contact a city agency or get general information.

Durham Overview-Facts-History internet icon
Provides the Durham city flag, climate data, and other information. Briefly covers the city’s history including how Durham got the nickname “Bull City.” Produced by the Durham Convention and Visitors Center.

Durham Research & Statistics internet icon
Presents demographic, economic, and other information on Durham. Produced by the Durham Convention and Visitors Center.

GoTriangle internet icon
Commuting guide for the triangle. Provides bus routes and car/van pool information.

North Carolina Collection internet icon
Collects and preserves the history of Durham County and make it available to the people of Durham County. Invaluable to anyone interested in local history or genealogy.


Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc internet icon
See what is currently showing at this historic theater.

CitySearch (The Triangle) internet icon
Find out about all types of local information of the Triangle area. This includes movies, festivals, shows and all sorts of other events. Also allows you to search an online Ticketmaster.

Durham Parks Locator internet icon
Search by park name or park amenity. Provides map, address, and list of amenities. Prepared by the GIS Division of the City of Durham Technology Solutions Department.

Historic Preservation Society of Durham internet icon
Preservation Durham’s mission is to preserve the history, architecture, and cultural heritage of Durham and Durham County and to serve as an institution for the education of citizens through the promotion and appreciation of this heritage. Includes information about renovating historic properties and historic properties for sale in Durham.

Independent Online internet icon
Local cultural events and other activities in the Triangle, courtesy of the publication, The Independent Weekly.

North Carolina Museum of Life and Sciences internet icon
Their mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.

St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center internet icon
Located in the historic Hayti Community of Durham, “the Foundation is a cultural institution whose mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation for the African-American experience and its many contributions to world culture.” Special annual events include the Bull Durham Blues Festival, Black Film Diaspora, The Spirit of Hayti Celebration, and the Martin Luther King Celebration.

ACCESS North Carolina internet icon
This PDF, produced by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, is useful for planning vacations, weekend getaways, visits to local sites, school field trips, conferences, relocation, health and wellness activities or any type of trip for individuals with disabilities. In addition to benefiting people with disabilities, the information in ACCESS North Carolina can also benefit people who are aging and parents with child and infant strollers.


North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Durham County Center internet icon
Durham County Center gives our county’s residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to Durham County citizens.

Carolina Gardener Magazine Online internet icon
The only gardening magazine written by and for gardeners in North Carolina, South Carolina, and surrounding states. Has features from the print magazine, plant profiles, a to-do list, and an events calendar.

North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Wildflower Guide internet icon
NCDOT Wildflowers–Have you ever wondered about the flowers blooming along the interstates? This website will fill you in on the history, as well as provide an identification index and a screen to look up what is currently blooming in your area.

NC Agriculture internet icon
Lists information about the variety of produce grown in NC. Tells when different products are in season and where one can get/pick them.

NC Consumer Horticulture internet icon
This wonderful page is maintained by NC State horticulturists. It offers photographs and information on plants and trees that grow well in the area. Users can search by common name or scientific name and each includes information on how to grow the plant. There is also information on plants to watch out for: poisonous plants of North Carolina.


Durham County Street Atlas internet icon
Search the indexes for streets, Durham public schools, parks, libraries, law enforcement locations or other points of interest. Area flood maps are included on this site.

Durham Interactive Mapping Applications internet icon
Leads to links for Spatial Data Explorer, Durham Street Atlas, Durham Parks Locator, Government Service Guide, Durham Zoning Atlas, Durham Precinct Atlas (for voting precincts), and Durham Crime Mapper. The Spatial Data Explorer provides information on streets, census figures, tax parcels, flood zones, etc. The Help page provides navigational assistance. Prepared by the GIS Division of the City of Durham Technology Solutions Department.

Local Help

Durham County Social Services internet icon
Child support enforcement, child care referral, food stamps and emergency assistance for local residents.

Reinvestment Partners internet icon
Dedicated to promoting safe, fair and affordable housing in Durham, North Carolina. This site contains information to help buy, rent, find transitional housing, and help with emergencies.

NC Healthcare Help internet icon
Connects North Carolinians with free and low cost healthcare services. Maintained by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.

Volunteer Center of Greater Durham internet icon
Find local opportunities to help others.

Local History

Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project internet icon
The project’s main focus has been to collect photographs depicting the civil rights movement in Durham as well as oral histories.

North Carolina Collection internet icon
Collects and preserves the history of Durham County and make it available to the people of Durham County.

Local Parenting

NC Division of Child Development – Searching Resources in Child Care internet icon
From the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the site allows users to search for child care programs in their area as well as links to other information on child care such as choosing quality day care and licensing information.

Durham County Child Care Servicesinternet icon
Information from the Durham County Department of Social Services, including application form and instructions.

Durham’s Partnership for Children internet icon
The Partnership features the More at Four and Smart Start programs in Durham. It also includes the Family Support Program and Health and Safety Services.