A recent report laid out in fascinating detail – to Chapel Hill enthusiasts like us, anyway – many facts about life in our town and its surrounding counties. The comprehensive document was a collaboration between the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County and the Partnership for a Sustainable Community.
Here at Glen Lennox, we found it very interesting that 52% of those who live in Chapel Hill are renters. In Carrboro, the rate is even higher, at 59%. As one of Chapel Hill’s favorite (and first) rental communities, we’re glad to have been able to provide homes for so many over the last 68 years.
The report highlighted many other interesting facts about Chapel Hill, Orange County and the four-county area:
- Of all U.S. cities and towns, Chapel Hill is second only to Cambridge, Massachusetts in percentage of residents 25 or older with a Bachelor of Arts degree or higher. Cambridge is home to both Harvard University and MIT, and its BA-over-25 quotient stands at 74.9%. Hard on its heels is Chapel Hill, at 74.6%.
- In 2017, 6.18 million trips were taken on buses operated by Chapel Hill Transit. That’s more than the population of Los Angeles and Philadelphia combined.
- Size of the UNC campus as of 2017: 20.1 million square feet.
- In 2016, Orange County had the highest per-capita income in North Carolina – $37,103.
- 8.2% of Orange residents work from home.
- Carrboro is among the most densely populated communities in North Carolina.
- The combined inflation-adjusted total household income for Orange, Durham, Chatham and Alamance Counties in 2017, in billions (with a B): $21,400,000,000.
- Domestic visitor expenditures in millions, 2016 – $193,000,000.
- Air B&B revenue in Orange County (projected 2018) – $9,823,136.
Clearly, both Chapel Hill and Orange County are drawing new residents and visitors who decide to put down their roots here. That’s no surprise in a town known far and wide as The Southern Part of Heaven.