Chapel Hill

Population: 59,005Median home value: $390,300 77 Ranks better than 86% of areas
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A+ Chapel Hill Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Chapel Hill Cost of Living Cost of living is 26% higher than North Carolina
Chapel Hill
11919% more expensive than the US average
North Carolina
946% 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 21% lower than North Carolina
Total crime
2,28917% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4417% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
61%Year over year crime is up
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 or Chapel Hill colleges

Living in Chapel Hill, NC

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.

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Compare Chapel Hill, NC Livability To Other Cities

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Attractions8/10
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There is no better place to live in the triangle. Honestly. The school system is second to none, the food culture is outstanding, there is a ton of stuff to do, and the people are mostly accepting of all races, ethnicities, and the LGBT!
If you're into sports, UNC has some of the best teams in the nation and one of the most talked about rivalries with Duke University only six miles away in Durham.
A lot of people say it's too expensive, but there are plenty of options for renters and owners of all income levels.
Don't get me started about MUSIC...there is too much good stuff in Chapel Hill to write about on here, TOO MUCH!
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Community8/10
Nightlife10/10
Dining10/10
Shopping8/10
When I lived in Chapel Hill I found that there was quite a bit to do and that it was a pretty nice area to live in. I would recommend it to everybody for a few reasons.

One of the reasons I would recommend it is because of all the attractions there are to do. Most of the attractions are historical attractions, geared toward the older crowd. They are very interesting for most people though. There are also quite a bit of sports related activities. This is one of the places that had almost any sports event that I could possibly want to put my kids in. I thought stock car racing was one of the more uncommon ones but also one of the best! When it comes to shopping there are your basic shopping needs. They had a few unique stores but nothing that really stood out. Don't get me wrong, there is a store for anything you could need, it's just nothing close to Manhattan shopping. The community was always very nice and caring. There are a lot of rural areas around and everybody respects everybody else's land. There is quite a bit of nightlife also. There are mainly a lot of little bars, but also some very nice clubs. I never had a problem finding nightlife while living here. The dining out options were amazing. They had almost any type of food you could possible want right there in Chapel Hill. I mean they had Greek, French, Irish, Mexican, and anything else you could think of. I loved going out to eat every weekend just to try new cultures of food.

Overall, I really did enjoy Chapel Hill. Of course every place has its ups and downs, but this place is very quiet. At the same time it has plenty to do for everybody. So next time you are around the area make sure to stop in, at least to get a quick bite!
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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).
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