As of 2016, 16.5% of Chapel Hill residents were born outside of the U.S. These immigrants and refugee residents make up nearly 10,000 of the roughly 59,000 Chapel Hill residents.
Community Connections aims to support the integration, wellbeing, and leadership development of Chapel Hill’s immigrant and refugee community members. Our key initiatives in this area include the Building Integrated Communities Project, as well as a DACA renewal assistance programs.
Demographic snapshot of Chapel Hill immigrant and refugee residents
Residents born outside of the U.S. without U.S. citizenship have lower household incomes than residents with U.S. citizenship. Chapel Hill residents not born in the U.S or who are naturalized citizens have a higher median household income than residents born in the U.S.
Chapel Hill has a higher percentage (44% overall) of residents with a graduate or professional degree than the NC average (10.2% overall). In fact, more foreign-born Chapel Hill residents have graduate or professional degrees than residents born in the U.S., reflecting the global recruiting practices of institutions of higher education and companies in the Triangle area.