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 60,988 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 94.52% 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 (14.43%), management occupations (11.84%), and office and administrative support (9.35%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Chapel Hill telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.42% 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.

Not only is Chapel Hill a town with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Chapel Hill is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Chapel Hill a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Chapel Hill, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Chapel Hill is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.64% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Chapel Hill in 2010 was $40,753, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $163,012 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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Chapel Hill's cultural character, accounting for 15.71% of the town’s population.

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