Hillsborough, NC

Hillsborough, situated in Orange County, is a small town made up of 4.6 square miles.

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John Lawson discovered the Native American settlement that would later become Hillsborough in 1701.  

The town would be officially established in 1754, and was originally known as Corbin Town, named in honor of Francis Corbin, and would later be named Childsburgh, named after Thomas Child.  


The median resident age in Hillsborough is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $50,000 making it about $2,000 more than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $25,500. The average price for a home in Hillsborough is about $196,000 (2015) which is $64,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $900 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Hillsborough is 54% White, 37% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 7% other.  

88% of the population are high school graduates, with 38% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.  

44% are married, 13% are divorced, 4% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 34% that have never been married.

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Orange County

Hillsborough 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 Hillsborough, NC is about 6,000. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Hillsborough, NC is 624 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Hillsborough, NC is 27278.

Area Code

The area code for Hillsborough, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Hillsborough 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 unafiliated (Nones).

About 29% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 15%.


The unemployment rate for Hillsborough is about 4% (2015), making it lower than the state average of around 5%.

Management, grounds maintenance, food preparation and material moving make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

News of Orange is the primary newspaper that covers the Orange County area.


Real Estate
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Zip Code
Saratoga Grill
Food Lion
Cedar Ridge High School
Formalwear Outlet
Houses for Rent
China Fuji
Gold Park
Waffle House
Sports Endeavors
Clements Funeral Home
Wooden Nickel
Ashford Lakes
Cup a Joe
Weaver Street Market
Things to Do
Police Department
Churton Grove
Patriots Pointe
Salon 121
The Little School
Ice Skating
AYR Mount
My Secret Closet
Prom Dresses
Triangle Sportsplex
Formal Outlet

Town of Hillsborough NC
Hillsborough on City Data
Hillsborough on Wikipedia
Chamber of Commerce