Chapel Hill, North Carolina Population 2020

59,606

Chapel Hill is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 59,606, it is the 16th largest city in North Carolina and the 644th largest city in the United States. Chapel Hill is currently declining at a rate of -1.15% annually but its population has increased by 4.15% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 57,233 in 2010. Chapel Hill reached it's highest population of 60,988 in 2018. Spanning over 22 miles, Chapel Hill has a population density of 2,769 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chapel Hill is $118,806 with a poverty rate of 18.93%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,172 per month, and the median house value is $409,200. The median age in Chapel Hill is 26.2 years, 26.2 years for males, and 26.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 86.0 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: 72.85%
  • Asian: 12.47%
  • Black or African American: 9.89%
  • Two or more races: 3.02%
  • Other race: 1.56%
  • Native American: 0.20%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is 59,606, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 60,988.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 57,233.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020593,2548,9211.50%
2019584,3338,9211.53%
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 Percentage
White43,39172.85%
Asian7,42612.47%
Black or African American5,8889.89%
Two or More Races1,7993.02%
Some Other Race9301.56%
American Indian and Alaska Native1190.20%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander80.01%

Chapel Hill Population Pyramid 2020

Chapel Hill Median Age

26.2


Total

26.2


Male

26.2


Female

Chapel Hill Adults

There are 49,943 adults, (6,637 of whom are seniors) in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill Age Dependency

37.5

Age Dependency Ratio

15.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Chapel Hill Sex Ratio

Female

32,026

53.77%

Male

27,535

46.23%

Chapel Hill Households and Families

Chapel Hill Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Chapel Hill Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.5%27.5%
All48.7%51.3%
Male46.5%53.5%
Female37.3%62.7%
Non Family29.4%70.6%

48.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All19,8632.4648.7
Non Family9,3881.7629.4
Married8,4063.1272.5
Female1,6132.9537.3
Male4562.846.5

3.03

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

3.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Chapel Hill Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6071.95%
9th to 12th Grade5791.86%
High School Graduate2,4217.80%
Some College2,9049.35%
Associates Degree1,2894.15%
Bachelors Degree8,94328.80%
Graduate Degree14,30946.08%

Chapel Hill Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White21,74721,53117,678
Asian4,2193,9203,398
Black2,9052,5501,022
Hispanic1,5921,311768
Multiple Races575575423
Other Race340289117
Native American593316
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 81.29%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$48,302$55,713$41,049
Less Than High School$19,402$24,007$14,861
High School Grad$19,141$14,698$22,877
Some College$33,944$34,310$27,398
Bachelors Degree$40,075$49,577$37,383
Graduate Degree$71,779$102,271$55,952

$48,302

Average Earnings

$55,713

Average Male

$41,049

Average Female

Chapel Hill Language

Chapel Hill Language by Age

Chapel Hill Language

78.79% of Chapel Hill residents speak only English, while 21.21% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 9.02% of the population.

Chapel Hill Poverty

Chapel Hill Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White33,3846,72420.14%
Black4,7911,07422.42%
Asian6,51593614.37%
Hispanic3,13434410.98%
Multiple1,28923518.23%
Other86310111.70%
Native9577.37%

18.93%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.61%

Male Poverty Rate

19.20%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chapel Hill

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chapel Hill is Black, with 22.42% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chapel Hill is Native, with 7.37% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 39.48%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.48%.

Name Poverty
High School31.42%
Less Than High School19.58%
Some College11.06%
Bachelors or Greater5.92%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed51.99%
Male Unemployed41.06%
Female Employed17.15%
Male Employed10.84%

Chapel Hill Income

Chapel Hill Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$68,640$118,806
Families$125,893$170,175
Married Families$149,024-
Non Families$38,827$60,243

Chapel Hill Marital Status

Chapel Hill Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.2%

Male Marriage Rate

32.6%

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

1,469

Number of Veterans

1,391

Male Veterans

78

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War453
Vietnam390
Second Gulf War357
World War II137
Korea93
Age Group Veterans
75+554
35 to 54326
65 to 74260
55 to 64201
18 to 34128
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,2643.36%
Black1713.74%
Hispanic692.52%
2 or More191.44%
Hawaiian8100.00%
Asian70.12%

$Chapel Hill Veterans by Education

7.90%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.41%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chapel Hill Employment Status

61%

Labor Force Participation

58.5%

Employment Rate

4.1%

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

36.68%

Born in North Carolina

83.90%

Native Born

16.10%

Foreign Born

9.51%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

83.90% of Chapel Hill residents were born in the United States, with 36.68% having been born in North Carolina. 9.51% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202059,606-691-1.15%
201960,297-691-1.13%
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%