Chapel Hill Ranks #10 on Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live List

Post Date:08/20/2012

Franklin Street, Chapel HillChapel Hill ranks No. 10 among the top 100 "Best Places to Live in America" based on a survey of cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000 by Money magazine. 

“Chapel Hill is an incredibly unique place to live,” says Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. “It is a multicultural university town where a dynamic downtown and engaged community inspire connections and energy. Our town is in constant motion with new ideas and trend setters. We are thrilled with our ranking and thank Money Magazine for the recognition.”

Money editors and writers rank communities based on housing affordability, education, arts and culture, safety, health care, diversity and the economy, including the fiscal strength of the government.

Here's how Money describes Chapel Hill:

"Locals aren't exaggerating when they refer to Chapel Hill as a "town within a park." The roads wind through tunnels of arching trees, and the area has a rain forest-like charm.

"But Chapel Hill isn't just a pretty face. It's part of the state's Research Triangle, which boasts one of the highest numbers of Ph.D.s per capita in the U.S. The town also houses the nation's oldest public university, and interesting educational opportunities abound."

The national top 10 list:

1. Carmel, IN
2. McKinney, TX
3. Eden Prairie, MN
4. Newton, MA
5. Redmond, WA
6. Irvine, CA
7. Reston, VA
8. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
9. Overland Park, KS
10. Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill ranked No. 40 on the Best Places to Live list in 2010. View

About Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC, is a multicultural university town that is home to UNC-Chapel Hill and a resident population of 59,000. With more than 700 acres of parks and additional protected natural areas, it's sometimes easy to forget that you're in an urban area and not in the middle of a forest. The town is located in the Triangle region of North Carolina, which includes the Research Triangle Park, a major complex of research and research-oriented manufacturing facilities. Chapel Hill boasts excellent education (noting than nearly half of adult residents have a graduate degree), abundance of healthcare jobs, and quality of life advantages. Hailed as “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetit Magazine, Chapel Hill is rapidly becoming a hot spot for pop American cuisine. It’s a trend-setting playground full of sights, sounds and tastes that make it the kind of place that authors, musicians, and artists call home. Chapel Hill ranks #10 on Money Magazine Best Places to Live list. See more awards and notables for Chapel Hill at


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