Chapel Hill

Overview for Chapel Hill, NC

60,920 people live in Chapel Hill, where the median age is 25 and the average individual income is $44,029. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

60,920

Total Population

25 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$44,029

Average individual Income

Welcome to Chapel Hill

A historic, walkable city with an upbeat atmosphere
 
 
The historical University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus is always a draw for residents and this famous college town's frequent visitors. UNC is most well-known for its men’s and women’s D-1 sports programs. Insofar as Chapel Hill is a college town, sporting events and bars make the most noise. But UNC is primarily a vast medical and research institution that, along with Duke University and North Carolina State University, forms the famous Research Triangle.

When it comes to Chapel Hill's real estate options, the area does not disappoint as there are many beautiful homes to admire. While there are some contemporary home options as it pertains to Chapel Hill's homes for sale, many of Chapel Hill's homes can lean toward historic, impressive two-story brick or farmhouse styles. Multiple stately manors dot the area as well. Large yards are the norm rather than the exception, which applies to the outlying area around Chapel Hill.
 

What to Love

Local Lifestyle - Living in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC is a beautiful town with an energetic vibe that appeals to young professionals and a climate that attracts anyone who prefers warmer winter temperatures and historic beauty. The UNC School of Medicine employs nearly 2,000 full-time faculty, and the UNC Health Care system operates eight area hospitals, five of them in Chapel Hill. UNC faculty researchers receive over $500 million in funding annually, and Chapel Hill is home to several high-value tech companies. Coupled with the hum of education and commerce in nearby Raleigh and Durham, Chapel Hill is unquestionably an up-and-coming area.
 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Mama Dip's Kitchen is a longtime fixture in the area, offering classic Southern dishes in a hometown atmosphere, complete with a porch and rocking chairs. For those who want to revisit ultra-classic Americana, stop by Sutton's Drug Store. Established in 1923, this famous local restaurant offers burgers, deli sandwiches, homemade shakes, and vintage sodas. Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery offers a menu of eclectic American fare and homemade draft beer, served in a casual dining atmosphere.

More upscale dining can be found at Bin 54 Steak & Cellar, known for its incredible steaks and seafood dishes. For upscale international cuisine, try Jujube. It offers Chinese and Vietnamese fare, interesting cocktails, and fine wines. Also, be sure to visit the Hawthorne & Wood restaurant. Diners come here for its renowned international and local fare, served in a vibrant setting.

For shopping, check out the Southern Village shopping center. The center boasts a local market, a movie theater, and a range of eateries and coffee shops. It also hosts entertainment events throughout the year. For a more practical shopping trip, Meadowmont Village is ideal. The businesses that make up the village offer fitness and yoga classes, haircuts, casual but tasty eateries, and much more.

For entertainment, historic Franklin Street is noted for its fantastic bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and art and music events. Also, nearby is the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which fun-fact served as a NASA training facility from 1960 to 1975.
 

Things to Do in Chapel Hill

Since Chapel Hill, NC is a college town, many events have some connection to the university. Of course, there's the Dean Dome, where the epic UNC  basketball games are played, and the Carolina Basketball Museum is right next door. Also located on campus is the Old Well, a historic local landmark and the Ackland Art Museum.  Another lovely outdoor place to visit is the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. Locals can take a short drive to Carrboro to visit Cat's Cradle, a live music venue known for hosting up-and-coming entertainers and world-renowned talents such as Nirvana, Iggy Pop, John Mayer, and more.

Schools

Chapel Hill is served by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools school district. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill claims to be the country's oldest public university and was the first such institution to hold classes and graduate students. This award-winning university, also known for being one of the eight original Public Ivies, offers both undergrad and graduate programs. Forbes recently ranked UNC in the top 30 universities nationwide.
 

Demographics and Employment Data for Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill has 20,114 households, with an average household size of 2.46. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Chapel Hill do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 60,920 people call Chapel Hill home. The population density is 2,820.72 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

60,920

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

25

Median Age

47.16 / 52.84%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
20,114

Total Households

2.46

Average Household Size

$44,029

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Without Children:

Marital Status

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Commute Time

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Around Chapel Hill, NC

There's plenty to do around Chapel Hill, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

21
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
56
Bikeable
Bike Score
39
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Sweet Tea Cafe, Box Turtle Bakery, and Even Dough.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.43 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.41 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.66 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.6 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.34 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.24 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Chapel Hill, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Chapel Hill. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Northside Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
St Thomas More Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
No rating available
Estes Hills Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5

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