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.

A relatively large number of people in Chapel Hill telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.76% 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.

Because Chapel Hill has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Chapel Hill lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Chapel Hill is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Chapel Hill people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Chapel Hill. 74.58% 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 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.

In addition, Chapel Hill has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.42%).

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