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Chapel Hill is a town in Orange County, in the Durham metro area. (The community straddles Orange and Durham counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

The community was named for the New Hope Chapel of the Church of England, built on the hill.

The latitude of Chapel Hill is 35.913N. The longitude is -79.056W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 486 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 49,301.


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Median household income
Local
$39,140
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Chapel Hill demographic reports
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which lays claim to being the nation's oldest public university, opened here in 1795.

Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham form what is known as the Research Triangle.

Public transportation: Chapel Hill Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 207. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 10 among small cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1998 movie, "Patch Adams"
· 1997 movie, "Lost Highway"
Well-known residents have included:
· Betty Smith, author of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
· Loudon Wainwright III, singer and songwriter
· James Taylor, singer and songwriter
Local bands (past and present) have included Squirrel Nut Zippers
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Festifall - Oct. 7, 2007
  • Grecian Festival - May 4-6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Chapel Hill web sites and events links in the sections below.
Chapel Hill attractions: North Carolina Botanical Garden (UNC), Morehead Planetarium (UNC)
Historic sites and museums: Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill Museum
Colleges and universities: University of North Carolina
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 97
Quotes:
It was just another beautiful day in Chapel Hill. As the local saying has it, 'If God isn't a Tar Heel, why is the sky Carolina blue?'
-- States of Mind: A Personal Journey Through the Mid-Atlantic
Jonathan Yardley

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Chapel Hill demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Orange County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Raleigh-Durham area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 27510 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Chapel Hill residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Chapel Hill ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Chapel Hill was $24,133, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

74% of Chapel Hill residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Chapel Hill festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Chapel Hill include Chapel Hill Historic District, Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Chapel Hill, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $607.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,574.


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Libraries in Chapel Hill include Chapel Hill Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Chapel Hill include Chapel Hill News

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Politics

Orange County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chapel Hill political report.

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Chapel Hill restaurants taking online reservations include 411 West, Aurora Restaurant, BIN 54, Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at the Carolina Inn, Il Palio, Jujube, Spice Street ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Chapel Hill workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Chapel Hill between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ It was just another beautiful day in Chapel Hill. As the local saying has it, 'If God isn't a Tar Heel, why is the sky Carolina blue?' ”
~ States of Mind: A Personal Journey Through the Mid-Atlantic
Jonathan Yardley

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