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Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Chapel Hill had a population of 60,875 as of July 1, 2016. Chapel Hill ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chapel Hill is located at latitude 35.9281 and longitude -79.0374 in Orange County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Chapel Hill (see map below) encompass a land area of 21.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.15 sq. miles. Orange County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 486 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Town of Chapel Hill are located in Orange County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Durham County.

The Town of Chapel Hill (GNIS ID: 2406255) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Chapel Hill is located within Township of Chapel Hill, a minor civil division (MCD) of Orange County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chapel Hill population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Chapel Hill, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 60,875
Population in Households 51,974
Population in Familes 33,328
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,901
Population Density1 2,874
Diversity Index2 54


Total Households 21,866
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 10,944
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 23,763 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,563 (40.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,303 (51.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,897 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $415,445
Average Home Value $488,294


Median Household Income $54,020
Average Household Income $94,760
Per Capita Income $35,544
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.98% 1.07%
Households 0.97% 1.12%
Families 0.64% 0.96%
Median Household Income   2.64%
Per Capita Income   1.71%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Chapel Hill, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chapel Hill to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 15 98th
Population Density1 # 6 99th
Diversity Index2 # 282 62nd
Median Household Income # 130 83rd
Per Capita Income # 58 92nd

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