Home of the Tar Heels

Town of Chapel Hill
turns 200

For two centuries, the Town of Chapel Hill has supported Carolina and has been a critical partner in the University’s mission to serve our state, nation and world through teaching, research and public service. Carolina is proud to be located in this Southern Part of Heaven.

This week, the Town of Chapel Hill marks an important milestone. On Nov. 20, 1819, 200 years ago, the North Carolina General Assembly established a government in the Town of Chapel Hill. In honor of the anniversary, the Town is commemorating its past, looking ahead to what the future holds and celebrating the people who make Chapel Hill home.


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Get to know the town

Our campus, our town and our people are all part of the mystique that makes students call Chapel Hill “home” for four years — or for a lifetime.

Chapel Hill routinely ranks as one of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States — a reputation guided by the diverse social, cultural and professional opportunities that flow between the campus and town. From live music and eclectic dining to quiet trails and parks, discover more about Chapel Hill.

  • 59,246residents
  • 18.7miles of on-street bicycle facilities
  • 95+restaurants and bars
  • 384acres of parks
  • 17miles of greenway
  • 2ndlargest transit system in North Carolina

Partners and good neighbors

  • Good Neighbor Initiative builds relationships for students, town residents

    Now in its 16th year, the Good Neighbor Initiative aims to create stronger connections between Carolina students and Chapel Hill residents through community engagement and events.

  • Tar heels help town purchase electric bus

    Thanks to $380,000 raised by a student group, Chapel Hill Transit will be able to acquire a third electric bus as part of its plan to pilot the battery electric buses. The buses will reduce emissions and improve local air quality.

  • Honoring the Chapel Hill residents who built the town

    As Chapel Hill celebrates its 200th anniversary, communication professor Della Pollock wants to make sure that some of the town’s oldest, and historically black, neighborhoods aren’t forgotten.

  • Launching entrepreneurs

    A partnership between Carolina, Orange County and the Town of Chapel Hill, Launch serves the community by providing area startups with support and resources. In 2017, Launch startups accounted for more than 1,100 employees and $20.6 million in revenue.