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 59,568 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 94.22% 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 (14.29%), office and administrative support (10.42%), and management occupations (10.22%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.90% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Chapel Hill is a pretty powerful place. 74.02% 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 $37,928, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $151,712 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 Scottish.

Chapel Hill also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.04%.

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