Hillsborough, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Hillsborough, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Hillsborough had a population of 6,519 as of July 1, 2017. Hillsborough 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 Hillsborough is located at latitude 36.0779 and longitude -79.098 in Orange County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Hillsborough (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.34 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. Orange County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 545 feet.

The Town of Hillsborough (GNIS ID: 2405840) 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 Hillsborough is located within Township of Hillsborough, a minor civil division (MCD) of Orange County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Hillsborough population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Hillsborough: Childsburg, Childsburgh, Corbinton, Hillsboro.

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


Total Population 6,519
Daytime Population: Workers 6,194
Daytime Population: Residents 3,287
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 9,481
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.45
Population in Households 6,389
Population in Familes 5,066
Population in Group Qrtrs 130
Population Density2 1,222
Diversity Index3 58


Median Household Income $45,681
Average Household Income $71,217
Per Capita Income $29,278


Total Housing Units 2,728 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,476 (54.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 987 (36.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 265 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $207,634
Average Home Value $245,441


Total Households 2,463
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 1,561
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 0.95% 1.12%
Households 0.8% 0.96%
Families 0.52% 0.78%
Median Household Income   2.21%
Per Capita Income   2.68%

Hillsborough, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hillsborough 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 # 128 83rd
Population Density # 155 79th
Diversity Index # 207 72nd
Median Household Income # 274 63rd
Per Capita Income # 162 78th

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