Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Chapel Hill
Nickname : The Southern Part of Heaven
Franklin Street from Chapel Hill
Franklin Street from Chapel Hill
Location in North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill
Basic data
Foundation : 1793
State : United States
State : North Carolina
Counties : Orange County
Durham County
Coordinates : 35 ° 56 ′  N , 79 ° 2 ′  W Coordinates: 35 ° 56 ′  N , 79 ° 2 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Residents : 57,233 (as of 2010)
Population density : 1,117.8 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 51.3 km 2  (approx. 20 mi 2 ) of
which 51.2 km 2  (approx. 20 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 148 m
Postcodes : 27514-27517
Area code : +1 919
FIPS : 37-11800
GNIS ID : 1019602
Website :
Mayor : Mark Kleinschmidt

Chapel Hill is a university town in the United States in the state of North Carolina with about 57,000 inhabitants (2010). The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the oldest state-sponsored university in the United States. It was founded in 1789 and the city has grown around it ever since.

Chapel Hill is located in southeast Orange County . Together with the neighboring cities of Raleigh and Durham , it forms a city triangle , which is known primarily for its research capacities at several universities and is called the Research Triangle .


Since 1753 the city was populated by whites. In 1789 the city was officially founded. The main street in the city, Franklin Street, was named after Benjamin Franklin . In 1968, a year after desegregation , Chapel Hill became the first southern town to elect an African American mayor despite the majority being white. Howard Lee was mayor from 1969 to 1975 and helped establish the Chapel Hill Transit, the urban bus system. In 1993 the city celebrated its 200th birthday and opened the Chapel Hill Museum. On February 10, 2015, the city hit the headlines because of the so-called “ Chapel Hill Shooting ”, in which three Muslims were murdered for no apparent reason.

In addition to the Carolina Inn, the following facilities are on the list of the National Register of Historic Places : Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House, Chapel Hill Historic District, Chapel Hill Town Hall, Chapel of the Cross, Gimghoul Neighborhood Historic District, Alexander Hogan Plantation, Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, Old East, University of North Carolina, Playmakers Theater, Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District, and West Chapel Hill.

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