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Chapel Hill, NC

Class: Small city
Class rank: 10

To many, Chapel Hill is the ideal college town. The area has boomed with technology development in the Research Triangle, created by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Duke University in Durham.

The city scored high for its entertainment scene, many book stores and large number of information-related companies. While home ownership was lower here than in other top-ranked cities in its class, so was the unemployment rate.





Combined college enrollment: 24,892

Population: 48,715
Population change, 1990-2000: 25.70%

Median age: 24
(National: 35.3)

Per capita income: $24,133
(National: $21,587)

Unemployment rate: 1.3%
(National: 4.0%)

Owner-occupied housing: 39.7%

Public library expenditures, per capita: $34.31

Community profiles:
Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel Hill demographics

College profiles:
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Notes:
1. All figures are for the years 1999-2000.
2. Combined enrollment figures are for the four-year colleges included in this survey.
3. Unemployment rates are an annual average.
4. Per-capita income and unemployment rates are county-level statistics.

For more on the sources and statistics used in this study, see methodology.


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