Chapel Hill, North Carolina 

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+7.4% since 2020

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7.0 / 6.6

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Best Places to Live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina is an energetic city located in Orange County. This bustling community offers plenty for visitors to explore such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or one of many popular restaurants. Residents here also take advantage of all the outdoor activities available in Coker Arboretum and Battle Park. With its excellent school systems, thriving businesses, and numerous recreational opportunities it's no wonder why so many people choose to make Chapel Hill their home. College town(s) Mid-sized-city complex - Northeast-central North Carolina, 40 miles south of Virginia border.
State: North Carolina
County: Orange County
Metro Area: Durham-Chapel Hill Metro Area
City: Chapel Hill
Zip Codes: 27516 27514 27517
Cost of Living: 16.0% higher
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 441 ft above sea level

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Chapel Hill, Nc Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
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College-town amenities
Attractive residential areas
Strong economy
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Hot, humid summers

What Bert Has To Say About Durham-Chapel Hill Metro Area

Previously, the so-called “Durham” metro area was part of the larger Research Triangle triumvirate of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area. Now Raleigh, and the large suburban enclave of Cary, have been split off into a metro area of that name, leaving the western half of the former metro area under the name Durham. The Durham area includes Chapel Hill, so on the surface, the two major cities in the area are both college towns – Durham is home to Duke University, while Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina. But that’s where the similarities end. Durham is an old tobacco town, not too prosperous, not too interesting but livable. Some of the old tobacco processing plants in town add some historic interest.


The unemployment rate in Chapel Hill is 3.2% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Chapel Hill jobs have increased by 2.1%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Chapel Hill's cost of living is 16.0% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Chapel Hill's Cost of Living

May, September and October are the most pleasant months in Chapel Hill, while January and July are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Orange county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 74.8% to 23.7%. More Voting Stats

Chapel Hill's population is 60,920 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 7.4%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 19.7 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Chapel Hill is Real Estate: $550,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 15.3%.

Chapel Hill public schools spend $13,130 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 13 students per teacher in Chapel Hill. More Education

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Housing Market in Chapel Hill

It's a good time to buy in Chapel Hill. Home Appreciation is up 15.3% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Chapel Hill is $550,100.
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Reviews for Chapel Hill   17 Reviews
Chapel hill? living hell - 10/4/2021
Living in Chapel Hill feels like living in a shabby and forgotten city. I lived in Raleigh for 20 years and Cary for 10 years, and then I moved to Chapel Hill because my... Read More

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Great college town, but not cheap - 1/2/2021
Between my wife and I, we've lived in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill, and it's Chapel Hill we prefer. Franklin Street is always lively with an eclectic mix of... Read More

Bert's take on Durham Metro Area - 10/1/2015
I am not sure if Bert has actually been to the Triangle, but for starters, Durham, as Chapel Hill residents know and envy, is and has been for 5 yrs now a vibrant... Read More

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