The small city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is home to just over 59,000 people. Young adults aged 15-24 account for a larger portion of the population here (34%) than nationally (14%), meaning they will find a surplus of peers, while middle-aged professionals are less well-represented. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just over 34, skews decidedly younger than most cities in North Carolina. Residents are fairly evenly split between renting (52%) and owning (49%) their residence despite paying roughly $304/month more in rent than the state average.
Averaging about 21 minutes, the commute time for Chapel Hill residents is shorter than the North Carolina average of about 25 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the most common way to get to work, opted for by 30% of commuters, while public transit is not extensively used. A small percentage of commuters (6%) walk to work, though the number far exceeds the national average.
There are four primary industries in Chapel Hill: education, healthcare, entertainment, and scientific. Together, these industries account for 33% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 6% of the city's population works in management, which ranks as the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of nearly $94K, Chapel Hill workers earn about $26,000 more than the average North Carolina resident. Chapel Hill's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (7%), Chapel Hill has a high number of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees, as 19% have earned a Master's or a Doctoral degree. Further, 16% possess a Bachelor's degree.