Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexChapel HillNorth CarolinaNational
Income per capita$41,893$26,779$29,829
Median household income$75,249$48,256$55,322
Median income owner occupied$145,658$61,102$70,586
Median income renter occupied$39,101$31,027$35,192
Median earnings male$26,879$32,737$36,919
Median earnings female$18,351$25,062$26,250
Unemployment rate3.0%5.1%4.7%
Poverty level18.5%16.8%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Chapel Hill is 40% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Chapel Hill is 36% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Chapel Hill is 36% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Chapel Hill is 22% higher than the national average

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      $50,160 $75,249 $150,498
      $32,167 $48,256 $96,512
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Chapel Hill median earnings by income bracket

      Chapel Hill employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry3.0%3.0%
      Manufacturing sector7.3%7.3%
      Financial & insurance services2.3%2.3%
      Wholesale & retail services8.1%8.1%
      Public administration2.5%2.5%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities2.0%2.0%
      Education, health & social services39.1%39.1%

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      Apex, NC55,220$112,549103.4%
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      Efland, NC804$105,62590.9%
      Morrisville, NC27,582$100,49581.7%
      Fearrington Village, NC2,692$82,70849.5%
      Chapel Hill, NC61,912$75,24936.0%

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      Chapel Hill, NC61,912$75,24936.0%
      Source: The Chapel Hill, NC employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).