Carrboro, NC

Carrboro, situated in Orange County, is a large town made up of 6.5 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Carrboro, NC

July 12, 2018

The Town of Carrboro used to be known as "West End". The area was settled as early as 1882, and was near a railroad depot from University Station in Glenn, North Carolina. The amount of settlers increased after 1898 when a steam-powered grist mill was built by Thomas F. Lloyd of Chapel Hill, and the mill later became the Alberta Cotton Mill.

The town was named after Julian Shakespeare Carr because he provided electrical power for the town and grew the mill. The railroad depot in Carrboro served the university and textile mills as well as the lumber industry. Carrboro became a central point in the hardwood cross-tie market in the 1920's and 1930's. Some of the mills closed in this time due to fires and the great depression, but in World War II the many of the mill were used to produce goods for the war effort.

The Town of Carrboro was incorporated in 1911.


The median resident age in Carrboro is 31 years. The median estimated household income is about $50,000 making it about $5,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $34,000. The average price for a home in Carrboro is about $335,000 (2013) which is $180,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $900 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Carrboro is 61% White, 16% Hispanic, 10% Asian, 9% Black, and 4% other. 91% of the population are high school graduates, with 64% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 45% are married, 1% separated, 8% are divorced, 3% are widowed, leaving 43% that have never been married.

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Orange County

Carrboro belongs to Orange County in the central part of North Carolina. The County, named after William V of Orange, is part of the Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Orange County has a population of 134,000 and the city Hillsborough, with a population of 6,000, is the county seat.

In 1752, the county was formed from parts of Granville, Johnston, and Bladen counties. English Quakers were some of the earliest settlers of the area. The county was the area of many Pre-Revolutionary War tensions and was part of the regulator movement. The Town of Hillsborough (County Seat) was the home of the state legislature of North Carolina during the American Revolution.

The county is home to the University of North Carolina, and is the oldest public university in the United States. The campus was the location of many protests during the 1960's before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The school became fully integrated in 1968, and one year later the city of Chapel Hill was the first mostly white area to elect an African American Mayor, Howard Lee. Howard Lee is known for helping establish the Chapel Hill Transit, and he served from 1969-1975.

Orange County borders Person, Durham, Chatham, Alamance, and Caswell counties.

Orange County is made up of 401 square miles. 398 of which is land with the remaining 3 as water.


The population of Carrboro, NC is about 20,000. The population has been rapidly increasing since the town's founding.


The elevation of Carrboro, NC is 460 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Carrboro, NC is 27510.

Area Code

The area code for Carrboro, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Carrboro and Orange County have voted mostly Democrat, with 70% going to Barack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 56% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 29% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 10%, and 5% other.


The unemployment rate for Carrboro is about 4% (2015), making it less than the state average of around 5%. Education, professional/scientific/technical services, and construction make more than 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

News of Orange and the News & Observer are the primary newspapers that cover the Orange County area.