Orange County Economic Development

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Virtually every factor which makes Orange County an excellent business climate also enhances the community. Favorable trends are clearly evident in population and demographic patterns, transportation and distribution systems.

Estimated Population (July 2015)                              141,596
Source: NC Office of State Budget & Management

Municipalities 2014
Carrboro 20,984
Chapel Hill 59,376
Hillsborough 6,388
Mebane 1,950
Population Characteristics (2016 projection)
Total population 143,264
Percent male 47.8%
Percent female 52.2%
In labor force (16 and over) 69,864
18 and over 114,116
65 and over 17,235
Race and Ethnicity 
White     110,548
Black            15,794
American Indian or Alaska Native              1,077
Asian            11,958
Two or more              3,887
Hispanic or Latino            11,699
Housing Units
Total housing units 57,998
Occupied 53,826
Vacant 4,172
Household and Income
Average household size 2.4
Median household income $75,056
Per capita income (2014)         $52,989
Median home value (2014)        $272,600
Educational Attainment
High school graduate or higher 90.7%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 65.1%
Graduate or professional degree 29.2%








Orange County Quick Facts from US Census

State and County Quick Facts from US Census