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
  • 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).

  • Businesses Addresses: 637
  • PO Box Addresses: 0
  • Residential Addresses: 12,538
    • Multi-Family Addresses: 2,123
    • Single Family Addresses: 10,415

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Database updated: August 1, 2018, Maps updated: August 1, 2018.

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Chapel Hill, NC 27517 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 28,922
Population in Households 28,618
Population in Familes 21,634
Population in Group Qrtrs 304
Population Density1 600
Diversity Index2 47


Median Household Income $89,204
Average Household Income $129,481
Per Capita Income $56,680


Total Housing Units 13,644 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,806 (64.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,795 (27.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,043 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $412,407
Average Home Value $511,506


Total Households 12,601
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 7,482
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. 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 2.1% 1.7%
Households 1.91% 1.61%
Families 1.89% 1.61%
Median Household Income   1.43%
Per Capita Income   1.44%

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, 2018 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 # 125 84th
Population Density # 163 79th
Diversity Index # 408 47th
Median Household Income # 20 98th
Per Capita Income # 7 99th

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