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Overview

Introduction to Carrboro, North Carolina

Carrboro, North Carolina, in Orange county, is 11 miles SW of Durham, North Carolina and 26 miles W of Raleigh, North Carolina. The town is in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Carrboro History

The first settlement in the area was established in 1882 near the State University Railroad. It was then known as West End. Gradually, more people began to arrive in the area, and there was a significant increase in population following the construction of the Alberta Cotton Mill in 1898. In 1911, West End was officially incorporated and renamed Venable in honor of Francis Preston Venable, UNC president and chemistry professor. However, two years later, the name was again changed to Carrboro in honor of Julian Shakespeare Carr, who established the Durham Hosiery Mill.

Carrboro and nearby Attractions

  • Bennett Place State Historic Site
  • Carrboro Arts Center
  • Chapel Hill Museum
  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area
  • Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
  • North Carolina Zoo

Things To Do In Carrboro

Local museums and historical sites include the Bennett Place State Historic Site, the Duke Homestead State Historic Site, the Chapel Hill Museum and the Orange County Historical Museum. The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area offers opportunities for swimming, boating, camping, fishing and picnicking. The Carrboro Farmer's Market is a unique local attraction, which features locally grown organic produce, baked goods, locally produced cheeses and handmade crafts. Everything sold is essentially produced within a 50-mile radius of the town. Carrboro also has a flourishing arts scenario. The popular Carrboro Music Festival is an annual, all-day event that celebrates local music. This event features performances throughout the downtown area. The annual West End Poetry Festival attracts talented poets as well.

Carrboro Transportation

Air transportation is available from Raleigh-Durham International.

Carrboro Higher Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Meredith College, North Carolina Central University, Peace College, Shaw University and North Carolina State University are all accessible from Carraboro.

People

Total Population 20,639
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 5.3%
Employed Population 16+ 12,075
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 41.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 68%
Median Earnings25+ $34,938
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,766
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,532

Wealth

Median Family Income $85,255
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.4%
Median Gross Rent $894
Median House Value $324,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.2%
US/American 0.2%
English 12.8%
Irish 11.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carrboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Durham, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles W of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Orange
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27510
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.91
Longitude -79.075

Carrboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CHAPEL HILL 2 W
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Station BURLINGTON FIRE STN #5
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 45 inches
Station SANFORD 8 NE
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chapel Hill 58,766 $115,016
Durham 246,084 $64,714
Hillsborough 6,316 $69,406
Mebane 13,309 $73,625
Morrisville 21,726 $105,306
Pittsboro 3,992 $63,286

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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