Chapel Hill Makes Two Best Places Lists

Looking for a shorter drive to work, a better place to raise your kids, or just an all-round awesome place to live?  Chapel Hill just got the nod from Business Week and U.S. News & World Report.

According to Business Week, Chapel Hill meets the criteria for being affordable, safe, family friendly and has excellent school test scores.  Chapel Hill is home to the renowned University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), is part of the Research Triangle (aka RTP) and is known as the Southern part of heaven.  Right down the road you can also find two more incredible schools, Duke University and North Carolina State University (NCSU).  Chapel Hill consistently has the state’s highest average SAT scores and sends 90% of high school kids to college.  This is pretty impressive given that Chapel Hill also has a reputation for great cultural enrichment and historical attractions.

One of the most important criteria for determining the Best Place to Raise Your Kids was affordability, said the report’s author, Prashant Gopal.  Although the median income of Chapel Hill ($98,873) is above the national average ($50,233), it is still an affordable place to call home.

A great place to raise kids isn’t the only reason to live in Chapel Hill. You might like the drive to work, too.  U.S. News & World Report gave Chapel Hill the prestigious acclaim of being top-ranked as one of the best commutes in the U.S. The average commute time for those of us in Chapel Hill is about 20 minutes, a full four and half minutes less than the national average.  This is quite a feat given that the metropolitan area has a population exceeding two million.   Even better, 26.2% of us commute without using a car.  It certainly helps that the buses in Chapel Hill are free!

It is nice to live in an area that consistently gets high marks for being such a great place to live.  I couldn’t agree more.

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