Chapel Hill, North Carolina Population 2019

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 59,862 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 owned 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 Population, Age, and Gender Statistics

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.

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 increased by 3.5% since the last census, indicating that growth has slowed, but Chapel Hill is continuing to add new residents.

Chapel Hill Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Chapel Hill was:

  • White: 72.53%
  • Asian: 12.66%
  • Black or African American: 9.74%
  • Two or more races: 3.28%
  • Other race: 1.40%
  • Native American: 0.37%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%

Chapel Hill, North Carolina's estimated population is 60,988 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Chapel Hill, North Carolina is the 15th largest city in North Carolina based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2840.86 people/mi² (1096.86 people/km²), with a household density of 390.00 people/km² (1010.10 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 26.4 years, 26.9 years for males, and 26.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 87.1 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 21,685 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.9%, with a median rent of $1130/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $397,700.

The median income for households in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is $67,426, while the mean household income is $117,566.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201860,9881,9913.37%
201758,997-691-1.16%
201659,6886411.09%
201559,047-49-0.08%
201459,0962570.44%
201358,8391900.32%
201258,6491,2932.25%
201157,356-46-0.08%
201057,4028,6871.65%
200048,7159,9962.32%
199038,7196,2981.79%
198032,4216,2222.15%
197026,19913,6267.62%
196012,5733,3963.20%
19509,1775,5239.65%
19403,6549553.08%
19302,6991,6993.36%
19001,0000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018575,4128,9211.55%
2017566,4916,8521.21%
2016559,63910,0431.79%
2015549,5968,2771.51%
2014541,3198,6651.60%
2013532,6548,4441.59%
2012524,2109,2301.76%
2011514,9806,3871.24%
2010508,5930.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White42,964
Asian7,497
Black or African American5,767
Two or More Races1,944
Some Other Race827
American Indian and Alaska Native221
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander14

Chapel Hill Population Pyramid 2019

Chapel Hill Median Age

26.4


Total

26.9


Male

26.1


Female

Chapel Hill Adults

There are 49,687 adults, (6,393 of whom are seniors) in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill Age Dependency

36.8

Age Dependency Ratio

14.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Chapel Hill Sex Ratio

Female

31,655

53.44%

Male

27,579

46.56%

Chapel Hill Households and Families

Chapel Hill Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Chapel Hill Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.7%28.3%
All48.1%51.9%
Female39.9%60.1%
Male35.9%64.1%
Non Family27.8%72.2%

48.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All19,9602.4748.1
Non Family9,2581.7827.8
Married8,7353.0771.7
Female1,4053.1139.9
Male5623.0335.9

3

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

3.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Chapel Hill Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5631.81%
9th to 12th Grade6151.98%
High School Graduate2,4637.92%
Some College2,9149.37%
Associates Degree1,3354.29%
Bachelors Degree9,30029.89%
Graduate Degree13,92244.75%

Chapel Hill Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White21,88021,65817,746
Asian4,1913,8993,333
Black2,7952,412980
Hispanic1,6471,432741
Multiple Races649639442
Other Race353326130
Native American1005539
Islander1010

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 81.11%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$47,576$53,647$41,879
Less Than High School$18,036$23,378$13,182
High School Grad$21,239$21,359$
Some College$35,057$35,174$33,125
Bachelors Degree$39,758$49,958$35,703
Graduate Degree$72,019$97,813$56,642

$47,576

Average Earnings

$53,647

Average Male

$41,879

Average Female

Chapel Hill Language

Chapel Hill Language by Age

Chapel Hill Language

79.77% of Chapel Hill residents speak only English, while 20.23% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian, which is spoken by 8.60% of the population.

Chapel Hill Poverty

Chapel Hill Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White33,8147,17621.22%
Black4,7441,34328.31%
Asian6,62491213.77%
Hispanic2,96538713.05%
Multiple1,37521815.85%
Other60210216.94%
Native1764324.43%

20.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.32%

Male Poverty Rate

20.31%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chapel Hill

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chapel Hill is Black, with 28.31% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chapel Hill is Hispanic, with 13.05% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 41.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.17%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.67%
High School24.65%
Some College10.96%
Bachelors or Greater6.95%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.97%
Male Unemployed38.12%
Female Employed18.96%
Male Employed11.67%

Chapel Hill Income

Chapel Hill Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$67,426$117,566
Families$120,255$167,670
Married Families$142,836-
Non Families$38,501$57,454

Chapel Hill Marital Status

Chapel Hill Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.5%

Male Marriage Rate

33.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Chapel Hill Married by Age and Sex

Chapel Hill Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Chapel Hill Marital Status by Race

Chapel Hill Veterans

1,611

Number of Veterans

1,524

Male Veterans

87

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War569
Second Gulf War407
Vietnam341
Korea156
World War II145

Chapel Hill Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White1,3423.61%
Black2114.76%
Hispanic682.57%
Asian320.55%
2 or More181.20%
Hawaiian857.14%

Chapel Hill Veterans by Education

10.26%

Veteran Poverty Rate

19.76%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chapel Hill Employment Status

60.8%

Labor Force Participation

57.8%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

Chapel Hill Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

36.11%

Born in North Carolina

84.29%

Native Born

15.71%

Foreign Born

9.41%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

84.29% of Chapel Hill residents were born in the United States, with 36.11% having been born in North Carolina. 9.41% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.