Durham is One of America's Geekiest Cities

Durham is One of America's Geekiest Cities

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Forbes ranks Durham, North Carolina 5th Geekiest City in America.

I always had a suspicion the area surrounding The Escapist offices was a Mecca for nerds, dorks and gamers, but now I know it's for real. The Forbes website recently compiled a list of 20 American cities organized by what percentage of the workforce was employed by "tech" companies dealing with computers, robotics, and gaming. The area of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill is also known as the Research Triangle, and Forbes reports a whopping 15.5 percent of the workforce there - some 41,560 workers - work in "geeky" professions. The list also pointed out Durham "hosts Duke University and the third-highest percentage of adults with at least a bachelor's degree."

But it's not just Duke, the Triangle is home to a variety of notable universities such as N.C. State and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, famed in particular for their exceptional men's college basketball team and for being the oldest public university in the nation.

The area also boasts a sizable gathering of video game developers and publishers including makers of Gears of War and the Unreal engine, Epic Games, Rachet & Clankers Insomniac Games, the offices of GPU-makers Nvidia, Tom Clancy's favorite game developer Red Storm Entertainment, Virtual Heroes and The Escapist itself.

North Carolina is also known for its beautiful landscapes, enabling the state to host a number of famous films including Hannibal, Forrest Gump and Blue Velvet. Most recently, Marvel Studios began Iron Man 3's first day of production at Epic Game studios. The blockbuster is being shot over the next 10 months at other locations in the Triangle, Miami and China. Hopefully we'll figure out why there's a large Christmas tree on Epic's front lawn in June when the film is released.

If you're interested in verifying the geekiness of our area, please come visit us this September at The Escapist Expo.

Source: Forbes

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I have so many friends near Durham. I'm going to have to mock them now.

Ok I've lived in North Carolina (currently in Greensboro) all my life and geek culture is the last thing that comes to my mind when I think of Durham. Sure the area has several places of higher education but the majority of the city isn't all that enthralling.

I can see you're trying to build up hype for the expo but lets not get carried away here...

Didnt that state recently so no to marriage equality? I thought "geeks" where supposed to be more tolerent and enlightened...

gphjr14:
I can see you're trying to build up hype for the expo but lets not get carried away here...

We didn't write the Forbes article, we're just highlighting it. If you think the claim is illegitimate you're welcome to inform them of it.

Just so you know, as far as the local gaming scene:
"Between Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham there are a number: All Fun and Games, Endless Gaming, Sci-Fi Genre, Game Theory, The Gamers Armory, and some random shop in Knightdale.

Needless to say, that market is plenty saturated for this area."

Azex:
Didnt that state recently so no to marriage equality? I thought "geeks" where supposed to be more tolerent and enlightened...

The state voted that way, but the region voted very strongly against it.

Azex:
Didnt that state recently so no to marriage equality? I thought "geeks" where supposed to be more tolerent and enlightened...

You know how many geeks are massively homophobic?

They're not shouting "faggot" because they think you're a lit cigarette.

 

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