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Welcome to Chapel Hill ...

The town of Chapel Hill is primarily located in Orange County<1>. A portion of Chapel Hill extends into Durham County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Chapel Hill has a population of 63,748 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill is 260 feet [79 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Chapel Hill lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Chapel Hill: (919) & (984)<4>

Websites for Chapel Hill ...

Official Website: www.townofchapelhill.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Chapel Hill had an population of 63,748 people. This is an increase of 11.38% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 30.86% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chapel Hill had a population of 57,233 people (which is 42.77% of the total population of Orange County). This makes Chapel Hill the county's most populous community.

The population of Chapel Hill represents 0.6% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 16th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 57,233 people, the population of Chapel Hill increased 17.49% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 48,715 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Chapel Hill.

Adding Chapel Hill to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Chapel Hill in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Chapel Hill was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Chapel Hill on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Chapel Hill ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two North Carolina communities named Chapel Hill: This one is located in Orange County and the other is located in Madison County.

Beyond North Carolina, there are 39 communities that are also named Chapel Hill - they are located in Alabama (6), Arkansas (2), Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia (4), Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland (3), Mississippi (2), Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee (3), Texas (2), Utah and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Chapel Hill.

Communities near Chapel Hill ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Chapel Hill.

  • Durham [Durham County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Durham
    • Durham [Durham County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Chapel Hill
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 285,897 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Durham
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Durham<6>
  • Cary [Chatham County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cary
    • Cary [Chatham County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Chapel Hill
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 173,587 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cary have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cary
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cary<6>
  • Apex [Wake County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apex
    • Apex [Wake County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Chapel Hill
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 64,388 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Apex have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apex
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Apex<6>
  • Morrisville [Durham County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morrisville
    • Morrisville [Durham County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Chapel Hill
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,495 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Morrisville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morrisville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Morrisville<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Mebane [Alamance County]
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      • Mebane [Alamance County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Chapel Hill
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,732 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mebane have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mebane
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mebane<6>
    • Hillsborough [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsborough
      • Hillsborough [Orange County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the north of Chapel Hill
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,226 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillsborough have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsborough
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hillsborough<6>
    • Pittsboro [Chatham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pittsboro
      • Pittsboro [Chatham County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Chapel Hill
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,419 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pittsboro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pittsboro<6>
    • Swepsonville [Alamance County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Swepsonville
      • Swepsonville [Alamance County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northwest of Chapel Hill
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,386 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Swepsonville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Swepsonville
    • Eubanks [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eubanks
      • Eubanks [Orange County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the north of Chapel Hill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eubanks have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eubanks
    • Manor Hill [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manor Hill
      • Manor Hill [Orange County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the north of Chapel Hill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Manor Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manor Hill

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chapel Hill. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Chapel Hill.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Chapel Hill. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Chapel Hill.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Chapel Hill. Our list includes 30 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Chapel Hill.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Chapel Hill ...

Looking for more information about Chapel Hill? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Chapel Hill, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Chapel Hill.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Chapel Hill: www.townofchapelhill.org/

The official website for Orange County: www.co.orange.nc.us/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Orange, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Chapel Hill.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Chapel Hill - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (984) is an overlay for area code (919).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Chapel Hill) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chapel Hill. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Chapel HillOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chapel Hill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9131, Longitude: -79.0558    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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