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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,867
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens6%
Employed Population 16+12,197
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married42.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher69.1%
Median Earnings25+$36,066
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,660
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,371

Wealth

Median Family Income$85,450
% Above Poverty Level85.8%
% Below Poverty Level14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.1%
% Using Public Transportation12%

Housing

People Living Alone35.9%
Median Gross Rent$945
Median House Value$326,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.6%
German16.8%
English12.7%
Irish11.8%
Italian5.2%
Scottish4.4%
Polish3.1%
French Except Basque3%
Russian2.7%
Norwegian1.7%
Swedish1.4%
Dutch1.1%
Welsh1.1%
Czech1%
African0.7%
Greek0.7%
Croatian0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Arab0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Kenyan0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
US/American0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Carrboro Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes27510
Phone Area Codes919
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.91
Approximate Longitude-79.08

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)

StationCHAPEL HILL 2 W
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp27 to 49 F
Apr Temp45 to 71 F
Jul Temp66 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 71 F
Annual Precip47.6 inches
StationBURLINGTON FIRE STN #5
Distance23.6 miles
Jan Temp28 to 50 F
Apr Temp45 to 72 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 73 F
Annual Precip45 inches
StationSANFORD 8 NE
Distance26.1 miles
Jan Temp30 to 52 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp67 to 91 F
Oct Temp47 to 74 F
Annual Precip47.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chapel Hill59,005$115,538
Durham251,761$68,255
Hillsborough6,428$69,722
Mebane13,592$74,329
Morrisville22,600$105,632
Pittsboro4,058$66,627

Carrboro Public Schools

Carrboro Elementary
400 Shelton St
ZIP: 27510
(919) 968-3652
Primary
Total Enrollment 498
Carrboro High
201 Rock Haven Rd
ZIP: 27510
(919) 918-2200
High
Total Enrollment 825
Pace Academy
308 Nc 54
ZIP: 27510
(919) 933-7699
High
Total Enrollment 111
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