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 93.38% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carrboro who work in teaching (15.36%), management occupations (12.52%), and sales jobs (9.29%).

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.

Of important note, Carrboro is also a town of artists. Carrboro has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Carrboro’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Carrboro telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.16% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Carrboro is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Carrboro, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Carrboro. 67.84% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Carrboro in 2010 was $39,867, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $159,468 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Carrboro include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Carrboro's cultural character, accounting for 15.74% of the town’s population.

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