Chapel Hill, North Carolina Population 2021

65,419
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Chapel Hill is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 65,419, it is the 16th largest city in North Carolina and the 585th largest city in the United States. Chapel Hill is currently growing at a rate of 1.06% annually and its population has increased by 14.30% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 57,233 in 2010. Chapel Hill reached it's highest population of 65,419 in 2021. Spanning over 22 miles, Chapel Hill has a population density of 3,039 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chapel Hill is $123,112 with a poverty rate of 19.49%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,191 per month, and the median house value is $399,700. The median age in Chapel Hill is 25.8 years, 26 years for males, and 25.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 88.6 males.

With Durham and Raleigh, Chapel Hill makes up what is known as the Research Triangle.

Chapel Hill Population, Age, and Gender Statistics

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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 71.74%
  • Asian: 13.03%
  • Black or African American: 10.89%
  • Two or more races: 2.87%
  • Other race: 1.21%
  • Native American: 0.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is 65,419, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 63,367.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 57,233.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021658,0996,8661.04%
2020651,2336,8661.05%
2019644,3676,8661.07%
2018637,50111,8231.85%
2017625,6787,4561.19%
2016618,22210,5161.70%
2015607,7068,4701.39%
2014599,2368,8721.48%
2013590,3648,6291.46%
2012581,7359,2151.58%
2011572,5206,2531.09%
2010566,2670.00%

Chapel Hill Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White43,76071.74%
Asian7,94813.03%
Black or African American6,64010.89%
Two or More Races1,7512.87%
Some Other Race7361.21%
American Indian and Alaska Native1550.25%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander80.01%
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Chapel Hill Population by Race

Chapel Hill Population Pyramid 2021

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Chapel Hill Median Age

25.8


Total

26


Male

25.7


Female

Chapel Hill Adults

There are 51,147 adults, (6,822 of whom are seniors) in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill Age Dependency

37.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Chapel Hill Sex Ratio

Female

32,343

53.02%

Male

28,655

46.98%

Chapel Hill Population by Age

Chapel Hill Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chapel Hill Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.8%26.2%
All50.3%49.7%
Male45%55%
Female41.3%58.7%
Non Family30.6%69.4%

50.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chapel Hill Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All20,3692.4550.3
Non Family9,8171.7530.6
Married8,8553.0973.8
Female1,3083.1441.3
Male3893.0845

3.07

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

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Chapel Hill Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5741.83%
9th to 12th Grade6852.18%
High School Graduate2,3017.32%
Some College2,6898.56%
Associates Degree1,0013.19%
Bachelors Degree9,03228.75%
Graduate Degree15,13748.18%
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Chapel Hill Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chapel Hill Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White21,92421,66618,290
Asian4,4144,0633,501
Black3,0812,7051,168
Hispanic1,4301,229814
Multiple Races530530441
Other Race228173115
Native American1023923
Islander88

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 white people with a rate of 83.42%.

Chapel Hill Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$51,123$57,914$44,422
Less Than High School$23,333$24,700$17,625
High School Grad$20,766$18,309$23,479
Some College$27,439$30,847$22,781
Bachelors Degree$42,737$51,216$37,489
Graduate Degree$72,655$106,976$56,250

$51,123

Average Earnings

$57,914

Average Male

$44,422

Average Female

Chapel Hill Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chapel Hill Language by Age

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Chapel Hill Language

78.98% of Chapel Hill residents speak only English, while 21.02% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 9.37% of the population.

Chapel Hill Language

Chapel Hill Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White33,3616,42319.25%
Black5,4631,55528.46%
Asian6,9471,10315.88%
Hispanic3,01943714.47%
Multiple1,29928221.71%
Other66812017.96%

19.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.76%

Male Poverty Rate

20.16%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chapel Hill

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chapel Hill is Black, with 28.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chapel Hill is Hispanic, with 14.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.28%. Among those working part-time, it was 38.15%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.94%.

Chapel Hill Poverty

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Name Poverty
High School28.88%
Less Than High School28.60%
Some College12.80%
Bachelors or Greater6.05%

Chapel Hill Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed52.50%
Male Unemployed43.07%
Female Employed17.80%
Male Employed10.67%

Chapel Hill Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chapel Hill Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$73,614$123,112
Families$137,638$177,914
Married Families$152,622-
Non Families$38,579$63,375
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Income by Household Type

Chapel Hill Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.5%

Male Marriage Rate

33.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Chapel Hill Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Chapel Hill Marital Status by Race

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Chapel Hill Marital Status

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1,370

Number of Veterans

1,280

Male Veterans

90

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam457
First Gulf War311
Second Gulf War298
Korea95
World War II63

Chapel Hill Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+511
65 to 74309
35 to 54230
55 to 64216
18 to 34104

Chapel Hill Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,1703.06%
Black1763.53%
Hispanic250.94%
Asian160.26%
Hawaiian8100.00%

Chapel Hill Veterans by Race

Chapel Hill Veterans by Education

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5.75%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.14%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chapel Hill Veterans by Education

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60.5%

Labor Force Participation

58.5%

Employment Rate

3.4%

Unemployment Rate

Chapel Hill Employment by Age

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Chapel Hill Employment by Race

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Chapel Hill Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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37.83%

Born in North Carolina

84.23%

Native Born

15.77%

Foreign Born

8.76%

Non Citizen

7.01%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.23% of Chapel Hill residents were born in the United States, with 37.83% having been born in North Carolina. 8.76% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Chapel Hill Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202165,4196841.06%
202064,7356841.07%
201964,0516841.08%
201863,3674,4497.55%
201758,918-736-1.23%
201659,6546081.03%
201559,046-74-0.13%
201459,1202600.44%
201358,8602100.36%
201258,6501,2802.23%
201157,370-36-0.06%
201057,4068,6911.66%
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%

Chapel Hill Population by Year