As one of the Triangle’s premier submarkets, downtown Durham has successfully transformed its business landscape from one based on tobacco and textiles to a technology and human capital-based economy. With a strong foundation in knowledge-based industries, downtown Durham is a leading science, healthcare, education, and technology center in the United States. The submarket packs a substantial punch when it comes to economic development. There are currently 20,000+ residents in downtown Durham and approximately 10,000 workers. Twenty-five percent of those employees are in the sector of jobs classified as knowledge industries.