Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina, chartered in 1789, the oldest state university in the nation. The University hosts many cultural activities - concerts, an art museum, programs and plays - and is famous for its outstanding athletic programs including championship basketball and football teams. The UNC Medical School and Hospital are among the finest in the nation.
Chapel Hill, NC, is one of those communities that really does offer the best of both worlds. With a population of less than 60,000, Chapel Hill is able to maintain a small-town feel, but in just half an hour drive, residents have access to Durham and the capital city of Raleigh. Not only that – in about three hours, Chapel Hill families can find themselves either sea kayaking along the Carolina shore or hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.
Small Town Charm
Yet most Chapel Hill residents will tell you the best of North Carolina is right in their own backyard, and those amenities helped land Chapel Hill, nicknamed “The Southern Part of Heaven,” on the 2017 Livability.com list of the Best 100 Places to Live.
Courtesy of livability.com
The Town of Chapel Hill is located principally in Orange County and slightly in Durham County in the north central portion of North Carolina on the Piedmont Plateau. As one of the three “points” of The Research Triangle, Chapel Hill, along with Raleigh and Durham, continually receives accolades for being a top location to live and do business. Our neighbor to the west is Carrboro and to the north is Hillsborough.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System is considered to be one of the best in the nation. Consistently ranking at the top of the state in student test, the System also boasts the lowest dropout rate in the state. The system consists of 16 schools: 9 elementary, 4 middle, 2 high schools and the UNC Hospital School.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools:
(919) 967-8211 or www.chccs.k12.nc.us
Lincoln Center on Merritt Mill Road
Durham Schools (includes the Durham County part of Chapel Hill):
(919) 560-2000 or www.dpsnc.net
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill North (1998) and Timberlyne (1984)
Martin Luther King Boulevard/Airport Road (NC Highway 86 North) and 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill. More than 45 businesses.
Eastgate (1958), Rams Plaza (1982), Mariakakis Plaza (1997) and Fordham Square (1997)
North Fordham Boulevard (US Highway 15-501) and Ephesus Church Road, Chapel Hill. More than 60 businesses.
Glen Lennox (1950) and Glenwood Square (1987)
Raleigh Road (NC Highway 54 East), Chapel Hill. Glen Lennox was Chapel Hill's first shopping center. More than 20 businesses.
Meadowmont Village (2001)
Meadowmont Village Circle, off Raleigh Road (NC Highway 54 East), Chapel Hill. About 15 businesses.
1113 Environ Way, Chapel Hill. Luxury condos, shops and dining.
Southern Village (1999)
Market Street (off US Highway 15-501 South), Chapel Hill. About 20 businesses.
University Place (1973)
201 South Estes Drive (at Willow Dr), Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill's first enclosed mall. More than 60 businesses.
Village Plaza(1974), Gateway Commons (2000) and The Galleria(1992)
East Franklin Street at South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. Village Plaza is actually four separate shopping centers. The six combined offer more than 40 businesses.
Held at Carrboro Town Commons, University Mall at A Southern Season, and Southern Village.
Carolina Square (2017)
Near the intersection of Columbia Street and West Franklin Street, Carolina Square will include retail, office space, and 246 apartments.
Parks and Rec
The Town of Chapel Hill is nationally regarded for its quality of life. Public parks and recreation are the gateways to a healthier, more livable community. In addition to our parks, trails, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation offers a myriad of recreation programs and cultural activities for all ages and social backgrounds.
Courtesy of townofchapelhill.org