Chapel Hill, NC

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Population

59,234

0.388% growth

Poverty Rate

20.3%


Median Age

26.4


Median Household Income

$67,426

3.14% growth

Number of Employees

29,482

0.262% growth

Median Property Value

$397,700

1.9% growth

About

In 2017, Chapel Hill, NC had a population of 59.2k people with a median age of 26.4 and a median household income of $67,426. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chapel Hill, NC grew from 59,005 to 59,234, a 0.388% increase and its median household income grew from $65,373 to $67,426, a 3.14% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chapel Hill, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (68.1%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (12.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (9.61%), White (Hispanic) (4.46%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.81%). N/A% of the people in Chapel Hill, NC speak a non-English language, and 90.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chapel Hill, NC are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9,254 degrees awarded in 2017) and Aveda Institute-Chapel Hill (147 degrees).

The median property value in Chapel Hill, NC is $397,700, and the homeownership rate is 48.1%. Most people in Chapel Hill, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Chapel Hill, NC is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for North Carolina.

This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in North Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Chapel Hill, NC employs 29.5k people. The largest industries in Chapel Hill, NC are Educational Services (8,958 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,662 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,957 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($97,679), Finance & Insurance ($88,409), and Wholesale Trade ($86,250).

Median household income in Chapel Hill, NC is $67,426. Males in Chapel Hill, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Chapel Hill, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$67,426

2017 value

± $3,972

3.14%

1 Year Growth

± 7.26%

Households in Chapel Hill, NC have a median annual income of $67,426, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $65,373 in 2016, which represents a 3.14% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chapel Hill, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 107.06

  2. Census Tract 115

  3. Census Tract 122.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chapel Hill, NC was Census Tract 107.06 with a value of $133,750, followed by Census Tract 115 and Census Tract 122.01, with respective values of $116,750 and $105,568.

The following map shows all of the places in Chapel Hill, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chapel Hill, NC (10.1k out of 49.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,439 ± 641

  2. Black

    1,343 ± 329

  3. Asian

    912 ± 259

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chapel Hill, NC is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

29.5k

2017 Value

± 1,198

0.262%

1 Year growth

± 5.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chapel Hill, NC grew at a rate of 0.262%, from 29.4k employees to 29.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chapel Hill, NC, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,254 people), Management Occupations (3,491 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,757 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chapel Hill, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chapel Hill, NC, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,254 people), Management Occupations (3,491 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,757 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Chapel Hill, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (6.99 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2.38 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.88 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chapel Hill, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($96,875), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($80,319), and Management Occupations ($76,690).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

29.5k

2017 Value

± 1,198

0.262%

1 Year growth

± 5.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chapel Hill, NC grew at a rate of 0.262%, from 29.4k employees to 29.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chapel Hill, NC, are Educational Services (8,958 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,662 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,957 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chapel Hill, NC, though some of these residents may live in Chapel Hill, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Chapel Hill, NC, by number of employees, are Educational Services (8,958 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,662 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,957 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Chapel Hill, NC has an unusually high number of Educational Services (3.28 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.62 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chapel Hill, NC, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($97,679), Finance & Insurance ($88,409), and Wholesale Trade ($86,250).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $54.9B

  2. $41.2B

  3. $40B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $54.9B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($41.2B) and Machinery ($40B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for North Carolina state.

$443B

2020 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

42.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 42.7% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.4B

  2. $28.1B

  3. $28B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $28.4B, followed by Virginia with $28.1B and Georgia and $28B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.5% of the population of Chapel Hill, NC has health coverage, with 61.2% on employee plans, 4.42% on Medicaid, 8.15% on Medicare, 19.5% on non-group plans, and 1.3% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Chapel Hill, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Chapel Hill, NC see 533 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.187% decrease from the previous year (534 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 473 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 163 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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533 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Orange County, NC see an average of 533 patients per year. This represents a 0.187% decrease from the previous year (534 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Orange County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.48%

Uninsured

61.2%

Employer Coverage

4.42%

Medicaid

8.15%

Medicare

19.5%

Non-Group

1.3%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chapel Hill, NC declined by 6.72% from 5.87% to 5.48%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chapel Hill, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Chapel Hill, NC is home to a population of 59.2k people, from which 90.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.7% of Chapel Hill, NC residents were born outside of the country (9.31k people).

In 2017, there were 5.43 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.3k people) in Chapel Hill, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.43k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 5.69k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

24

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chapel Hill, NC was 26.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 24, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Chapel Hill, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Chapel Hill, NC residents was 26.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.31k people

16.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

9.69k people

As of 2017, 15.7% of Chapel Hill, NC residents (9.31k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chapel Hill, NC was 16.4%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

90.6%

2017 Citizenship

90.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.6% of Chapel Hill, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chapel Hill, NC was 90.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chapel Hill, NC

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    40.3k ± 829

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    7.43k ± 573

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    5.69k ± 726

In 2017, there were 5.43 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.3k people) in Chapel Hill, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.43k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 5.69k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Chapel Hill, NC as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    407 ± 212

  2. Vietnam

    304 ± 100

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    301 ± 119

Chapel Hill, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.34 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Chapel Hill, NC awarded 9,401 degrees. The student population of Chapel Hill, NC is skewed towards women, with 12,747 male students and 17,418 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chapel Hill, NC are White (5,949 and 67.1%), followed by Asian (789 and 8.9%), Black or African American (668 and 7.54%), and Hispanic or Latino (607 and 6.85%).

The largest universities in Chapel Hill, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9,254 and 98.4%) and Aveda Institute-Chapel Hill (147 and 1.56%).

The most popular majors in Chapel Hill, NC are General Business Administration & Management (1,099 and 11.7%), General Biological Sciences (540 and 5.74%), and General Psychology (488 and 5.19%).

The median tuition costs in Chapel Hill, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,019 and $32,602 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 448 degrees awarded

  2. 406 degrees awarded

  3. 530 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chapel Hill, NC was General Psychology with 448 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Chapel Hill, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 9,254 degrees awarded

  2. 147 degrees awarded

$7,019

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Chapel Hill, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 9,254 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,947

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,454

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,947 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chapel Hill, NC, which is 0.724 times less than the 5,454 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Chapel Hill, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,949 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    789 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    668 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chapel Hill, NC were to White students. These 5,949 degrees mean that there were 7.54 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 789 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chapel Hill, NC was $397,700 in 2017, which is 1.73 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $390,300 to $397,700, a 1.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Chapel Hill, NC is 48.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chapel Hill, NC have an average commute time of 17.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chapel Hill, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$397,700

2017 Median

± $13,946

$390,300

2016 Median

± $13,332

In 2017, the median property value in Chapel Hill, NC grew to to $397,700 from the previous year's value of $390,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chapel Hill, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chapel Hill, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$67,426

Median Household Income

± $3,972

20k

Number of Households

± 878

In 2017, the median household income of the 20k households in Chapel Hill, NC grew to $67,426 from the previous year's value of $65,373.

The following chart displays the households in Chapel Hill, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Chapel Hill, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chapel Hill, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

48.1%

2017 Homeownership

48.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 48.1% of the housing units in Chapel Hill, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 48.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chapel Hill, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

17.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chapel Hill, NC have a shorter commute time (17.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.64% of the workforce in Chapel Hill, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    55.9%

  2. Walked

    13%

  3. Public Transit

    11.4%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chapel Hill, NC was Drove Alone (55.9%), followed by those who Walked (13%) and those who Public Transit (11.4%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chapel Hill, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chapel Hill, NC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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