Chapel Hill

Welcome to Chapel Hill

Home to Enchanting Neighborhoods, Modern Comforts, and Historical Significance
 
Affectionately known as the "Southern Part of Heaven," Chapel Hill is a lively town where Southern hospitality meets intellectual vigor, cultural richness, and scenic beauty. Here, residents and visitors alike will find a community offering an unforgettable blend of tradition and innovation — all wrapped up in a friendly, peaceful ambiance.

Stroll along bustling Franklin Street, where the town's spirit comes alive with eclectic shops, renowned restaurants, and lively music venues. Afterward, immerse yourself in the local art scene at the Ackland Art Museum or catch a captivating performance at the Memorial Hall. Chapel Hill's culinary landscape is a paradise for foodies, offering an array of dining experiences from classic Southern comfort foods to international cuisine crafted by innovative chefs. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the serene botanical gardens or to cheer on the Tar Heels at an exhilarating college game. Whether you're here to relish the town's academic ambiance, enjoy its rich cultural tapestry, or simply bask in its natural beauty, Chapel Hill is a beautiful place to live.
 

What to Love

  • A community steeped in academic prestige, with access to the renowned University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other educational institutions
  • Experience the genuine warmth of a community that values neighborly connections and embraces newcomers
  • Explore the unique charm of neighborhoods like Southern Village, Briar Chapel by Newland, and Meadowmont, where modern amenities coexist with historical influences
  • A gastronomic paradise, from trend-setting breweries to international bistros and sophisticated dining
  • Lots of green spaces to connect with nature, such as botanical gardens, parks, and trails

Local Lifestyle

Chapel Hill's local lifestyle is a symphony of elegance and intellectual pursuits. Residents enjoy the vibrant cultural and recreational scene, from Historic Franklin Street’s social hotspots to exploring the expansive Carolina North Forest. The neighborhood embraces a lifestyle where scholarly endeavors intertwine with a love for the arts, creating a community that values both progress and tradition.
 

Dining and Entertainment

Chapel Hill’s dining and entertainment scene is a vibrant tapestry that offers a feast for the senses. One of the town’s culinary highlights is the Carrboro Farmers Market, a bustling marketplace just a stone's throw from Chapel Hill. Here, visitors can explore a myriad of vibrant stalls teeming with farm-fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, freshly baked bread, and handcrafted goods. The market is not only a spot to buy your weekly groceries but also a gastronomic adventure where you can sample a variety of homemade treats, discover new ingredients, and meet the passionate farmers and artisans behind the products.
 
For those who love to shop, University Place in Chapel Hill offers an exceptional shopping experience. This shopping center combines a range of retail options, from well-known brands to unique local boutiques, ensuring there’s something to suit every taste and budget.
 
In the evening, head to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. This iconic institution offers a range of educational experiences that weave together celestial wonders with science and history. Visitors can delve into the mysteries of the universe through immersive planetarium shows, hands-on exhibits, and educational programs.
 

Things to Do

Chapel Hill is a haven for those with an adventurous spirit. Jordan Lake Educational State Forest is a prime example, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and educational opportunities. As you hike through the forest, you'll encounter a variety of habitats, each with its own unique flora and fauna. The trails range in difficulty, making them suitable for both casual walkers and more experienced hikers. Whether you're looking to learn about the natural world, enjoy a peaceful hike, or engage in more active outdoor pursuits like birdwatching or photography, Jordan Lake Educational State Forest provides a captivating and enriching outdoor experience.

For those seeking a more leisurely outdoor experience, Chapel Hill's Bolin Creek Trail offers a serene escape into nature. This historic trail winds through a mix of wooded areas and open spaces, providing a peaceful setting for a stroll, jog, or bike ride. As you traverse the trail, you'll be treated to the calming sounds of Bolin Creek and glimpses of local wildlife. The trail's easy accessibility and gentle terrain make it suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Another delightful destination for a leisurely outing is Merritt’s Pasture. This open, grassy space is a local favorite for picnicking, flying kites, or simply relaxing under the vast Carolina blue sky. The pastoral setting of Merritt’s Pasture, with its rolling hills and scenic views, offers a tranquil backdrop for a day spent enjoying the simple pleasures of the outdoors.
 

Schools

Residents have access to the highly-regarded educational offerings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an award-winning research university known for its rigorous programs and innovative teaching techniques.
 

Overview for Chapel Hill, NC

60,920 people live in Chapel Hill, where the median age is 25 and the average individual income is $44,029. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

60,920

Total Population

25 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$44,029

Average individual Income

Around Chapel Hill, NC

There's plenty to do around Chapel Hill, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
48
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
39
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Sweet Tea Cafe, Box Turtle Bakery, and Even Dough.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.43 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.41 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.66 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.42 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.6 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.34 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill has 20,114 households, with an average household size of 2.46. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Chapel Hill do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 60,920 people call Chapel Hill home. The population density is 2,820.72 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

60,920

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

25

Median Age

47.16 / 52.84%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
20,114

Total Households

2.46

Average Household Size

$44,029

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Chapel Hill, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Chapel Hill. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Northside Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
St Thomas More Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
No rating available
Estes Hills Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5

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