Chapel Hill was founded in 1819 to serve the University of North Carolina and grew up around it.
The university, the oldest state school in the country, is well known for its academic and sports programs and is an integral part of the town's culture.
Chapel Hill forms one-third of the Research Triangle Park which includes cities Durham (Duke University) and Raleigh (North Carolina State).
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Chapel Hill ranks high in family income, age of population and taxes. Chapel Hill ranks low in air quality and price of homes.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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