Carrboro, NC
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Carrboro is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 21,314 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Carrboro is the 44th largest community in North Carolina.

Carrboro home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Carrboro real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Carrboro is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Carrboro is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carrboro who work in teaching (15.21%), management occupations (11.52%), and sales jobs (8.68%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Carrboro has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Carrboro has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.81% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Carrboro, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Carrboro use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Carrboro‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Carrboro is a pretty powerful place. 68.17% of the adults in Carrboro have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Carrboro in 2010 was $40,911, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $163,644 for a family of four. However, Carrboro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Carrboro is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Carrboro home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carrboro residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Carrboro include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Carrboro also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.99%.

The most common language spoken in Carrboro is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.