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North Carolina is a beautiful state with three geographically different regions: the mountains to the west, the rolling hills in the central area where UNC Chapel Hill is located, and the beach to the east. It’s an easy trip to Asheville and the Appalachians when you’re in the mood for a hike among ruggedly beautiful scenery, or down to the beautiful Outer Banks area or Wilmington. Chapel Hill is located in Orange County in the center of the state, and features great music, arts, food, and culture. It is part of the Triangle area that includes Durham and Raleigh, and is a hub of scientific research and entertainment opportunities. Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city, is also the home to Wake Med, an 870 bed hospital that all General Surgery residents rotate through. The Triangle also contains the RDU International Airport, a hub for many national airlines.

The Town of Chapel Hill


  • Population ~ 62,000 (2020)
  • Multicultural university town
  • Nicknamed “The Southern Part of Heaven”
  • Dynamic downtown with vibrant restaurants, shopping, music, and art scene
  • #6 Best Places to Live, #20 Fastest-Growing Places: US News & World Report (2022)
  • #33 “Best Places to Live List”: Money Magazine’s  (2018)
  • #63 Top Places to Live in American: Livability (2021)

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Town of Chapel Hill
Town of Carrboro
Orange County, NC
Durham, NC
Raleigh, NC
Asheville, NC
The Outer Banks
Brunswick County
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