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Fast Facts about Chapel Hill

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Name Origin
Named for the Church of England New Hope Chapel, which once stood atop the hill’s crossroads.


The Southern Part of Heaven

21.1 square miles

59,246 (United States Census Bureau, July 2016)

Unemployment Rate
3.3 percent Orange County (Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2017)

Median Gross Rent
$1,061 (2012-16 United States Census Bureau)

Median Values of Homes

$390,300 (2012-16 United States Census Bureau)
Median Family Income 

$65,373 (2012-2016 United States Census Bureau)

Percentage of Chapel Hillians who drive to work 
55% percent  (2015 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates)

Median Age of Residents
25.7 (2015 American Community Survey Five Year Estimates)

Major Employers

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • UNC Hospitals
  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC

The Community Program

An interesting site about Chapel Hill developed by the Weiss Urban Livability Program is located at: Chapel Hill and Carrboro: A Unique Place to Live. Its goal is to promote for current and prospective residents the "urban livability" of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area by documenting some of the interesting, but often obscure or unseen historical, natural, visible, and inhabited features of our community.

For more demographic information about the Town of Chapel Hill, visit the US Census Bureau. 

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