Chapel Hill, NC 27516 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 27516: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 762
  • Single Family Addresses: 14,633
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 1,257
  • County: Orange County
  • Centroid: Latitude 35.918, Longitude -79.121
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 27516 has segments in 2 Counties (Chatham, Orange).

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Chapel Hill, NC 27516 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 41,461
Daytime Population: Workers 7,342
Daytime Population: Residents 20,197
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 27,539
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.66
Population in Households 40,112
Population in Familes 28,665
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,349
Population Density2 453
Diversity Index3 50


Median Household Income $75,121
Average Household Income $105,181
Per Capita Income $39,923


Total Housing Units 16,770 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,407 (56.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,150 (36.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,213 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $368,107
Average Home Value $417,700


Total Households 15,557
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 9,103
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 1.9% 1.46%
Households 1.92% 1.43%
Families 1.7% 1.32%
Median Household Income   2.21%
Per Capita Income   2.09%

Chapel Hill, NC 27516 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 27516 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 # 56 93rd
Population Density # 191 76th
Diversity Index # 353 55th
Median Household Income # 43 95th
Per Capita Income # 53 93rd

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