Chapel Hill 82 Exceptional
Chapel Hill Livability #25 ranked city in North Carolina#2,152 ranked city in the USARanks better than 92% of areas
A+ Chapel Hill Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Chapel Hill Cost of Living Cost of living is 25% higher than North Carolina
Chapel Hill
11919% more expensive than the US average
North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Chapel Hill cost of living
A Chapel Hill Crime Total crime is 54% lower than North Carolina
Total crime
1,32149% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7649% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-42%Year over year crime is down
Chapel Hill crime
B- Chapel Hill Employment Household income is 35% higher than North Carolina
Median household income
$65,37318% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,85430% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%30% lower than the US average
Chapel Hill employment
F Chapel Hill Housing Home value is 148% higher than North Carolina
Median home value
$390,300111% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,06112% higher than the US average
Home ownership
48%24% lower than the US average
Chapel Hill real estate or Chapel Hill rentals
A Chapel Hill Schools HS graduation rate is 16% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
95%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
64%31% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:117% lower than the US average
Chapel Hill K-12 schools
A+ Chapel Hill User Ratings There are a total of 12 ratings in Chapel Hill
Overall user rating
91% 12 total ratings
User reviews rating
95% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
89% 10 total surveys
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      Located in the state of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is a medium-sized city with a population of 59,005 residents. The majority of Chapel Hill residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. With an average age of 26 years old, Chapel Hill could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Chapel Hill might be a good fit as 81% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 56% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Living in Chapel Hill can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of North Carolina, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Chapel Hill and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the North Carolina and national averages.

      Using data and statistics Chapel Hill has received a livability score of 76 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 86th percentile when compared to all other cities. Clearly, Chapel Hill is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Based on the grades for each individual category, Chapel Hill has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B+), weather (B-), education (A) and employment (B-). There are some categories that Chapel Hill does not rank well for, including: cost of living (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Chapel Hill on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Franklin Street, University of North Carolina, and Triangle Boat Tours.

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 133 crimes per 100,000 residents, Chapel Hill has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      Chapel Hill real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Chapel Hill. The median home price for Chapel Hill homes is $390,300, which is 148.4% higher than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Chapel Hill, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6, which is 81.8% higher than the North Carolina average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Chapel Hill area were 4.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Chapel Hill transportation information

      StatisticChapel HillNorth CarolinaNational
      Average one way commute20min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work54.9%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.9%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit11.9%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.9%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk13.7%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home8.8%4.8%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (1)10354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (4)20711

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      Source: The Chapel Hill, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).