Carrboro, NC
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Carrboro is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 21,265 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 93.98% 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 (17.11%), management occupations (12.50%), and office and administrative support (9.03%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Carrboro telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.71% 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Carrboro is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Carrboro area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Carrboro is a pretty powerful place. 69.09% 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 $38,270, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $153,080 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. Carrboro also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.41% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carrboro include English, Irish, Italian, and European.

In addition, Carrboro has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.59%).

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