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.

Nickname
The Southern Part of Heaven

Area
21.1 square miles

Population 
59,653 (North Carolina 2013 Certified Population Estimate)

Unemployment Rate
5.6 percent Orange County (Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2012)

Average Apartment Rent
$872 (2009-2011 American Community Survey 3 Year Estimates)

Median Values of Homes
$369,400 (2009-2011 American Community Survey 3 Year Estimates)

Median Family Income
$104,951 (2009-2011 American Community Survey 3 Year Estimates)

Percentage of Chapel Hillians who drive to work 
69 percent  (2009-2011 American Community Survey 3 Year Estimates)

Median Age of Residents
24.8 (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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