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Old 09-01-2011, 08:21 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Like any higher density city, Durham has its share of property crime but assaults are not that common and tend to be focused in certain areas. There is a great resource called the Crimemapper and you can check out any area and the incidents of crime there: Durham Police Department.

With the MLK Parkway you can bike from virtually anywhere in Durham south of I-85 to Research Triangle Park, and there are lots of great in-town neighborhoods. DM me with your criteria if you want more specific information.
....except that Durham is, in fact, lower density than Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill. It's a myth that Durham is more densely populated than its neighbors.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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....except that Durham is, in fact, lower density than Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill. It's a myth that Durham is more densely populated than its neighbors.
She never said that Durham was more densely populated than any of those places, though. I think the point she was trying to make is more general - Durham is a city, and cities often (but not always, by any means) have higher rates of property crime than less-densely populated areas. Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and especially Cary are anomalous among cities for their very low rates of property crime, comparatively speaking. Compare Raleigh to Charlotte, Austin, or Nashville, for example, and you'll see the huge difference.

I also agree with Mia's point about DATA service - it's great in the central area of the city, but it is much more sparse in some of the suburbs. If the OP is looking for a walkable/bikeable area, though, chances are decent that the bus service in most of the areas that meet that criterion will be OK.

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Old 09-03-2011, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Durham,NC
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IMO, Durham is more expensive than Raleigh! In Raleigh, you have a variety to chose from and even the houses are cheaper. Even in Durham you will pay more to live in an even undesirable neighborhood.

If you are going to live in Durham, I would suggest the Northgate areas (Old North Durham) or Southpoint area to be around the ammenities you are looking for.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:15 PM
 
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Really? I thought Raleigh was more expensive.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I think that Raleigh is more expensive. I don't think the OP will find an affordable, safe and walkable area of Raleigh to buy but he/she could find an affordable place in Raleigh to rent. The Raleigh Apartments are a real jewel for someone who wants to live in one of Raleigh's best walkable areas but has a modest budget. But, to be clear, living at The Raleigh Apartments is very modest living.

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Old 10-22-2011, 10:44 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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She never said that Durham was more densely populated than any of those places, though. I think the point she was trying to make is more general - Durham is a city, and cities often (but not always, by any means) have higher rates of property crime than less-densely populated areas. Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and especially Cary are anomalous among cities for their very low rates of property crime, comparatively speaking. Compare Raleigh to Charlotte, Austin, or Nashville, for example, and you'll see the huge difference.

I also agree with Mia's point about DATA service - it's great in the central area of the city, but it is much more sparse in some of the suburbs. If the OP is looking for a walkable/bikeable area, though, chances are decent that the bus service in most of the areas that meet that criterion will be OK.
Are you suggesting that Durham is a city and Raleigh is somehow not? If that's not what you are saying then what are you saying?
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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Are you suggesting that Durham is a city and Raleigh is somehow not? If that's not what you are saying then what are you saying?
S/he is saying that Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Cary are cities, but are anomalies due to their relatively low property crime rates.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: 95468
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You need more money or a car.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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Pick up a local paper for about 2 weeks straight, and read the police/crime report. Map those areas out, and avoid those places. And yes, there will be areas that are heavily concentrated with crime. Live here long enough and they become quite obvious.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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The local paper is a good tip. You will most likely notice that some areas seem to have more crime than others. In short ... don't move there! Local TV station sites might be of use as well.

Sites like homefair.com might give you another perspective. There is a crime section on there that breaks down crime in categories, differentiating between property and personal crimes, and compares them to the national and state rate. You might notice that some categories in some zip codes are a little higher or lower than the national and state average, though I should add that one needs to keep in mind that the national state averages include all different types of cities, including urban, suburban and rural areas and In the Middle of Nowhere (I HOPE that's not a real town!) USA. I know there are other sites like this one. Perhaps others on this forum can help with that.

Most areas with more than a few locals are vulnerable to crime, and the RDU area is no exception. I certainly wouldn't ride my bike anywhere late at night in any section of Raleigh ... or Durham ... or Cary ... maybe not even In the Middle of Nowhere, but that's another city forum, I'm sure. I would keep my doors and car locked, my eyes open, and not visit ATMs in the middle of the night, either. And I don't care where you move. The potential for crime is everywhere. But I'm sure you probably know that already.

Good luck finding that new place!
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