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Overview

Introduction to Hillsborough, North Carolina

Hillsborough, North Carolina, in Orange county, is 12 miles NW of Durham, North Carolina (center to center) and 33 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina. The town is located inside the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metropolitan area.

Hillsborough History

This region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes. When explorer John Lawson traveled through this area in 1701, it was known as "Occaneechi Town." William Churton, who surveyed the region in 1754, was the area's first landowner. The community was named "Corbin Town" in honor of Francis Corbin. In 1759, it was renamed "Childsburgh" after Thomas Child who served as the attorney general for the state. The community was christened "Hillsborough" in honor of the Earl of Hillsborough.

Hillsborough and Nearby Attractions

  • Orange County Historical Museum
  • Bennett Place State Historic Site
  • Eno River State Park
  • North Carolina Zoo
  • Montrose Gardens

Things To Do In Hillsborough

Hillsborough's historic district, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, features a number of late-18th and early-19th century buildings including the Alexander Dickson House, the Burwell School, the Ruffin-Roulhac House, and the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. Occaneechi Indian Village is a reconstructed 17th-century Native Indian settlement. The Ayr Mount Historic Site includes a restored Federal-era plantation house which showcases period antiques and fine art. The Orange County Historical Museum, located in the town, has displays of artifacts of historical importance. Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail, which is the site of the original Occoneechee Speedway, is now a 44-acre natural area with trails and tracks. Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area offers opportunities for hiking. Montrose Gardens, another popular destination in the town, has a number of trees, rock gardens, a scree garden, and woodlands. Residents of Hillsborough also celebrate Hog Day, and the Cool Jazz Music Festival every year.

Hillsborough Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the closest major airport.

Hillsborough Higher Education

Alamance Community College, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina Central University are some of the colleges close to Hillsborough.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,428
Male Share of the Population51.7%
Female Share of the Population48.3%
Senior Citizens11.8%
Employed Population 16+2,694
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married41.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.9%
Median Earnings25+$36,800
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,237
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,110

Wealth

Median Family Income$69,722
% Above Poverty Level83.7%
% Below Poverty Level16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone36.2%
Median Gross Rent$831
Median House Value$205,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)43.3%
English13.1%
German11.9%
Irish10%
Scottish3.5%
French Except Basque3.3%
Italian2.8%
Polish2%
African1.8%
Czech1.3%
Norwegian1.3%
Russian1.1%
Welsh1%
Slovak0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Brazilian0.6%
Iranian0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Latvian0.5%
Kenyan0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
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Hillsborough Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes27278
Phone Area Codes919
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude36.07
Approximate Longitude-79.1

Hillsborough Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDURHAM
Distance7.7 miles
Jan Temp28 to 49 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 71 F
Annual Precip48 inches
StationCHAPEL HILL 2 W
Distance11 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
Distance19.6 miles
Jan Temp28 to 50 F
Apr Temp45 to 72 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 73 F
Annual Precip45 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burlington52,570$47,950
Carrboro20,867$85,450
Chapel Hill59,005$115,538
Durham251,761$68,255
Green Level1,907$30,625
Mebane13,592$74,329

Hillsborough Public Libraries

Orange County Public Library
137 W MARGARET LN
Hillsborough, North Carolina
(919) 245-2528

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Hillsborough Public Schools

A L Stanback Middle
3700 Nc 86 South
ZIP: 27278
(919) 644-3200
Middle
Total Enrollment 618
Cameron Park Elementary
240 St. Mary's Road
ZIP: 27278
(919) 732-9326
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Cedar Ridge High
1125 New Grady Brown Sch Rd
ZIP: 27278
(919) 245-4000
High
Total Enrollment 1163
Central Elementary
154 Hayes St
ZIP: 27278
(919) 732-3622
Primary
Total Enrollment 310
Charles W Stanford Middle
308 Orange High Rd
ZIP: 27278
(919) 732-6121
Middle
Total Enrollment 657
Grady Brown Elementary
1100 New Grady Brown Rd
ZIP: 27278
(919) 732-6138
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Hillsborough Elementary
402 North Nash Street
ZIP: 27278
(919) 732-6137
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Orange Charter
920 Corporate Drive
ZIP: 27278
(919) 644-6272
Primary
Total Enrollment 236
Orange High
500 Orange High Rd
ZIP: 27278
(919) 732-6133
High
Total Enrollment 1305
Partnership Academy
1006 East Storey Lane
ZIP: 27278
(919) 245-4030
Other
Total Enrollment 31
Pathways Elementary
431 Strouds Creek Road
ZIP: 27278
(919) 732-9136
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
The Expedition School
437 Dimmocks Mill Rd Ste 33
ZIP: 27278
(919) 960-1748
Primary
Total Enrollment 228

Hillsborough Private Schools

Pinewoods Montessori Schoolcorp
109 Millstone Dr Ste L
ZIP: 27278
Elementary
Total Enrollment 85
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