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Living in Chapel Hill

Life in Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle

Chapel Hill has a friendly, small-town feel with an eclectic vibe. It is routinely ranked as one of the best college towns and best places to live in the U.S. It is home to award-winning restaurants, outstanding public schools and healthcare systems, a thriving economy and a vibrant music and performing arts scene.

Triangle MapChapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh form the Triangle region of North Carolina — a dynamic hub of innovation, technology, healthcare and entrepreneurship. In addition to UNC, the Triangle is home to other top-tier universities, a robust business community and Research Triangle Park (RTP), the largest research park in the U.S.

Each city that makes up the Triangle has a distinct personality, but we share and celebrate our collective quality of life. Diverse lifestyles and perspectives fuel the Triangle’s dynamic and innovative spirit.

Chapel Hill

Top-ranked as one of the best college towns and best places to live in the U.S


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Facts About The Place We Call “Home”

  • Combined population of 2.2 million people reflects 17% growth over the past 10 years
  • Some 54,000 businesses employ more than 1.2 million people in the Triangle region
  • Fastest growing industries: Life sciences, technology, cleantech
  • 5 incubator workspaces; 80 startups and spin-offs
  • One of the highest educated communities in the U.S.
    • 1 in 5 residents hold a graduate degree or higher
    • 1 in 2 residents hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Home to the Research Triangle Park
    • Established in 1959 to increase innovation in the area by supporting research collaboration between the area’s leading universities: Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    • It’s now the largest research parks in the United States and credited with supporting the evolution of North Carolina’s economy from its dependence on traditional industries of agriculture, textiles and furniture
    • The area now includes 55,000 workers and 300 companies including IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Cisco

Traveling to and from the Triangle

  • RDU International Airport
    • 18 Miles from campus
    • 62 nonstop destinations and 400+ daily flights
  • Driving distance from major Southeast cities:
    • Charlotte, North Carolina:  2.5 hours
    • Washington, D.C.:  5 hours
    • Atlanta, Georgia:  6 hours
    • Nashville, Tennessee:  8 hours
  • Destinations:
    • 2 hours east to North Carolina’s beaches
    • 4 hours west to North Carolina’s mountains