Chapel Hill, North Carolina Population 2022

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Chapel Hill is a city located in Orange County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 62,906, it is the 17th largest city in North Carolina and the 666th largest city in the United States. Chapel Hill is currently growing at a rate of 0.76% annually and its population has increased by 1.53% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 61,960 in 2020. Spanning over 22 miles, Chapel Hill has a population density of 2,922 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chapel Hill is $123,112 with a poverty rate of 18.51%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Chapel Hill is 25.8 years, 26 years for males, and 25.7 years for females.

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 Hillwas:

  • White: 71.28%
  • Asian: 13.52%
  • Black or African American: 10.24%
  • Two or more races: 3.68%
  • Other race: 1.15%
  • Native American: 0.13%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is 62,906 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 61,960.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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Chapel Hill Adults

There are 51,307 adults, (6,781 of whom are seniors) in Chapel Hill.

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 86.11%.

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Chapel Hill Language

79.38% of Chapel Hill residents speak only English, while 20.62% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 8.96% of the population.

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Poverty in Chapel Hill

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chapel Hill is Black, with 28.11% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chapel Hill is Hispanic, with 12.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.95%.

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The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

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

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84.28% of Chapel Hill residents were born in the United States, with 36.84% having been born in North Carolina. 8.68% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

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