Hillsborough, NC 27278 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 27278: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Not Acceptable, USPS
Hillsboro, NC 27278
West Hillsborough, NC 27278

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 939
  • Single Family Addresses: 10,271
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 801
  • County: Orange County
  • Centroid: Latitude 36.075, Longitude -79.078
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 27278 has segments in 2 Counties (Durham, Orange).

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Hillsborough, NC 27278 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 26,603
Daytime Population: Workers 8,510
Daytime Population: Residents 13,330
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,840
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.82
Population in Households 26,155
Population in Familes 21,705
Population in Group Qrtrs 448
Population Density2 264
Diversity Index3 49


Median Household Income $64,185
Average Household Income $90,441
Per Capita Income $35,540


Total Housing Units 11,182 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,455 (66.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,873 (25.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 854 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $246,063
Average Home Value $298,944


Total Households 10,328
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 7,127
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.09% 1.19%
Households 0.95% 1.11%
Families 0.72% 0.95%
Median Household Income   3.33%
Per Capita Income   2.23%

Hillsborough, NC 27278 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 27278 to the other 782 ZIP Codes in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 138 82nd
Population Density # 277 65th
Diversity Index # 373 52nd
Median Household Income # 64 92nd
Per Capita Income # 83 90th

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