Chapel Hill, NC 27517 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 27517: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 636
  • Single Family Addresses: 10,030
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 2,057
  • County: Orange County
  • Centroid: Latitude 35.939, Longitude -79.041
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 27517 has segments in 3 Counties (Chatham, Durham, Orange).

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Chapel Hill, NC 27517 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 26,332
Population in Households 26,017
Population in Familes 19,586
Population in Group Qrtrs 315
Population Density1 558
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 11,447
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 6,831
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 12,494 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,386 (59.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,061 (32.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,047 ( 8.4%)
Median Home Value $420,527
Average Home Value $509,917


Median Household Income $82,688
Average Household Income $119,278
Per Capita Income $52,157
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.86% 1.93%
Households 1.69% 1.85%
Families 1.62% 1.8%
Median Household Income   2.52%
Per Capita Income   1.91%
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 27517 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 27517 to the other 775 ZIP Codes 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 # 139 82nd
Population Density1 # 165 79th
Diversity Index2 # 387 50th
Median Household Income # 22 97th
Per Capita Income # 6 99th

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