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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
Chapel Hill is a town in North Carolina with a population of 59,561. Chapel Hill is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Chapel Hill offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Chapel Hill there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Chapel Hill and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Chapel Hill are highly rated.
About Chapel Hill...
Population
59,561

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$409,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,172
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Chapel Hill Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    50.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    27.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    299.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,148.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    58.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    32%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    46%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Chapel Hill

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$68,640
National
$55,322
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Chapel Hill Reviews

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I love the small college town feel! I had so much fun growing up in this area, from walking down Franklin Street with my friends, to attending UNC Basketball games at the Dean Dome. The city itself is walkable and family friendly, I would 10/10 recommend living here.
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It's a great town! Franklin street is super fun, and the variety of restaurants is impressive. Rent is expensive, but not much different than other towns in the area.
Easy going atmosphere, we love living here! The schools are great and the people are very friendly. The transit service is free as well.
We would definitely recommend.