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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

59,653 (North Carolina 2013 Certified Population Estimate)

Unemployment Rate 
3.9 percent Orange County (Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2014)

Median Gross Rent 
$915 (2009-13 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates)

Median Values of Homes 
$367,800 (2009-13 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates)
Median Family Income 

$113,167 (2009-13 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates)

Percentage of Chapel Hillians who drive to work 
60.4 percent  (2009-13 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates)

Median Age of Residents 
25.8 (2010 Census)

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.

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