Chapel Hill, situated in Orange County, is a small town made up of 1.2 square miles.
May 16, 2017
Chapel Hill NC is located in Orange County, in the middle of the state of North Carolina. An eastern section of Chapel Hill can be found in Durham County.
There are about 59,000 people living in Chapel Hill NC, many of them college students. There are 21 square miles in Chapel Hill.
Along with Raleigh and Durham, Chapel Hill is a third city
in the Research Triangle area, a technology and research park
established in 1959.
The town was founded in 1819 and is situated at the top of an Anglican hill, where a chapel had been built in 1752. William Barbee arrived in the area from Virginia in 1753, having been given 585 acres from the Earl of Granville. His son, Christopher was a major giver to the University of North Carolina, and Chapel Hill, the town grew. Franklin Street, in honor of Benjamin Franklin, is the main street in Chapel Hill NC.
Howard Lee, the first black mayor in the South, established the Chapel Hill Transit of buses during his 1969-1975 service. In 2002 these buses became free to ride.
After celebrating its bicentennial in 1993, a museum was built.
Chapel Hill enjoys excellent weather, with temperatures around 50 in the winter, and 89 in summer. Accordingly, there are plenty of biking and walking trails, including Bolin Creek Trail and Battle Branch Trail.
Visiting Chapel Hill NC is a fun affair. Stroll the downtown are and view painted murals, or dine in one of the many cafes. You'll also not want to miss Festifall, an annual street fest occurring in October each year.
The Morehead Planetarium is one of a few in the United States, and astronauts for the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury programs trained here. As you meander down Franklin Street of Chapel Hill NC, you'll no doubt notice the huge sun dail in front of the planetarium.
Whether you are looking for food, music, or sports, Chapel Hill aims to please. April is Beer Month in North Carolina, and Chapel Hill leads the way. Go on a brewery tour and tasting, enjoy a beer camp or Brewery Olympics, and learn how to brew by taking a class in beer-making.. Make sure you visit Carolina Brewery and Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery on Franklin Street. NC Beer Month events include the Carolina Crossroads Beer Dinner, Latern & Fullsteam Spring in the Beer Garden, and Blueberry Day at Top of the Hill.
The town was first settled when the Earl of Greenville granted
585 acres to William Barbee from Middlesex County, Virginia in 1753.
The town elected the African American Howard Lee as mayor in 1968, making Chapel Hill the first white majority municipality to elect an African American mayor.
In 2002 local buses became free to use for all riders which was financed through grants, local taxes, and student fees from UNC.
Medium Household Income: $60,000
Home Values: $358,000
Chapel Hill 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 median resident age in Chapel Hill is 26 years. The median estimated household income is about $64,000 making it about $16,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $39,000. The average price for a home in Chapel Hill is about $393,000 (2015) which is $233,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Chapel Hill is 67% White, 13% Asian, 10% Black, 6% Hispanic and 4% other. 96% of the population are high school graduates, with 74% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 37% are married, 7% are divorced, 1% are separated, 2% are widowed, leaving 53% that have never been married.
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The population of Chapel Hill, NC is about 60,000. The population has been steadily increasing since it's founding.
The elevation of Chapel Hill, NC is 486 feet above sea level.
The area code for Chapel Hill, NC is 919.
Historically speaking Chapel Hill and Orange County have voted mostly Democrat, with 70% going to Barrack 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, 5% are other, and Catholics make up around 10%.
The unemployment rate for Chapel Hill is about 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average. Educational, professional/scientific services, and health care make up more than 50% of the most common industries in the town.