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. The areas topography is characterized by rolling hills.
The Town, which was incorporated in 1819, presently covers an area of 20.16 square miles and has a population of 48,715. The Town is the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's oldest public university, established in 1789. Today, the University enjoys a reputation as one of the best public universities in the United States.1
Chapel Hill is also home to UNC Hospital, rated by AARP Modern Maturity magazine as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation.2