Carrboro, NC
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Carrboro is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 21,156 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 93.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Carrboro is a town of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carrboro who work in teaching (18.54%), management occupations (12.01%), and healthcare (8.84%).

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.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Carrboro. 66.56% 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 $36,451, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $145,804 for a family of four. However, Carrboro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Carrboro is a very 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. Carrboro also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.45% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carrboro include English, Irish, European, and Italian.

In addition, Carrboro has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.68%).

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