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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

13.2

Miles of Bicycle Lanes

95+

Restaurants & Bars

350

Acres of Parks

12

Theaters & Live Music Venues

59,246

Town Residents

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, which are home to over 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 park in the United States and credited with supporting the evolution of North Carolina’s economy from its earlier dependence on traditional industries of agriculture, textiles and furniture
    • The area now includes 55,000 workers and 300 companies including IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Cisco
  • Ranked #3 nationally in 2020 by Forbes for Best Places for Business and Careers

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