Chapel Hill Population 2018

Chapel Hill is a city located in the state of North Carolina. It is part of both Orange County and Durham County. With Durham and Raleigh, Chapel Hill makes up what is known as the Research Triangle. The city has an estimated population of 59,246 and is the 15th largest city by population in North Carolina.

Chapel Hill History

One of Chapel Hill’s earliest settlers was William Barbee, a man from Virginia. Barbee was in possession of a grant of 585 acres in the area that is now Chapel Hill. In 1793, the first cornerstone was laid for the University of North Carolina. In 1819, the town was founded around the University of North Carolina. It received its charter in 1851.

During the Civil War, the area was occupied by Union troops and though the university remained open throughout the war, the after effects of the war forced it to shut down. In reopened in 1875.

In the 1920s, the university was expanded and the city grew along with it. The Great Depression during the next decade had little effect of Chapel Hill. However, New Deal programs allowed the city to construct paved streets, sewer lines and hire new employees. New residential housing was constructed as many veterans moved to the area following the war. After World War II, UNC Medical School expanded with new classrooms, dorms, libraries and other buildings. The city also continued to grow in terms of population.

The opening of the Research Triangle Park led to further growth. The technologies that were being developed in the area attracted major corporations, leading to more residents coming to the area for the educational and employment opportunities that were available. However, despite its growth, the people of Chapel Hill have worked hard in retaining small town charm and a sense of community.

Today, the city is a mixture of businesses old and new. The city has many restaurants, shops, and other attractions that appeal to residents and visitors, as well as annual events and festivals.

Chapel Hill Demographics

Chapel Hill has a population of over 59,000 people. The city is 21.3 square miles, and it has a population density of 2,687 people per square mile.

Chapel Hill has a population that is 72.8% white, 9.7% black, 11.9% Asian, 2.7% other races, and 2.7% mixed race. Approximately 6.4% residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin. The majority of the population is 18 to 24, making up 31.5% of the population. This is due to the large student population. Over 17% of residents are under 18, while less than 10% are at least 65 years old. The median age for Chapel Hill is 25.6 years old. There are more female residents than males, with 87.2 men for every 100 women. Close to 20% of Chapel Hill’s population lives below the federal poverty line.

Not surprisingly, Chapel Hill is North Carolina’s most educated city, with 77% of residents at least 25 years old holding at least an associate’s degree.

Chapel Hill Population Growth

Chapel Hill’s population has been on the rise since 1880. The most significant growth occurred between 1940 and 1950, then again between 1960 and 1970. The city’s population at the time of the 2010 census had risen to over 50,000 residents, with this census showing an official count of 57,233 people. The city’s population has risen 3.5% since the last census, showing that growth has slowed but Chapel Hill is continuing to add new residents.

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Chapel Hill Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American5,6259.49%
Two or More Races1,7562.96%
Some Other Race7561.28%
American Indian and Alaska Native3060.52%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander180.03%

Population Pyramid

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Chapel Hill Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
Houses Without Mortgage
Houses With Mortgage
Vacancy Rate
Median Rent
Median Home Value
Renter-Occupied Units
Owner-Occupied Units
Total Housing Units

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Chapel Hill for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.4% and the labor force participation rate is 59.5%.

Chapel Hill Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
Non Family Households
Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
Married Couple Families
Average Family Size
Average Household Size