Chapel Hill, NC
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Chapel Hill is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 59,246 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Chapel Hill is the 16th largest community in North Carolina.

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

Chapel Hill is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.74% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chapel Hill is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chapel Hill who work in teaching (14.31%), management occupations (11.50%), and office and administrative support (9.88%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.76% 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.

Chapel Hill is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Chapel Hill have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Chapel Hill’s economy is one such example of this.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Chapel Hill use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Chapel Hill‘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, Chapel Hill is a pretty powerful place. 74.58% of the adults in Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill in 2010 was $38,854, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $155,416 for a family of four. However, Chapel Hill contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

Chapel Hill also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.42%.

The most common language spoken in Chapel Hill is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.