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Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Chapel Hill had a population of 61,034 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 61,034
Daytime Population: Workers 63,681
Daytime Population: Residents 32,627
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 96,308
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.58
Population in Households 52,280
Population in Familes 33,394
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,754
Population Density2 2,882
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $56,788
Average Household Income $99,592
Per Capita Income $37,360


Total Housing Units 23,768 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,465 (39.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,517 (52.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,786 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $414,839
Average Home Value $490,802


Total Households 21,982
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 10,959
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 0.88% 0.92%
Households 0.91% 0.97%
Families 0.57% 0.79%
Median Household Income   3.54%
Per Capita Income   2.32%

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, 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 # 15 98th
Population Density # 8 99th
Diversity Index # 285 62nd
Median Household Income # 114 85th
Per Capita Income # 57 92nd

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