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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 40 chapel hill Chapel Hill by alyssa lafaro of Chapel Hillians commute to work. To help ease the burden of travel and the amount of cars on the road, the city developed a fare-free transit system in 2009. Today, Chapel Hill Transit provides approximately 120 busses along 25 routes that make 30,000 trips across Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the UNC campus. GoTriangle ofers low- cost transportation services for residents commuting into Wake, Durham and Orange counties. Between 1990 and 2010, Chapel Hill's population increased by 2.6 percent each year, stressing the need for the above-mentioned transportation systems. Although the demographic is predominantly white, the area grows more diverse each year. Asian and Pacifc Islanders comprise the second-largest racial group (11.9 percent) followed by African Americans (9.7 percent) and Hispanics (6.4 percent). The diversity of Chapel Hill's restaurants mirrors that of its growing population. This foodie's paradise features more than 95 restaurants and bars serving worldly fare from the Mediterranean, Asia, Africa, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, and the traditional South, to name a few. Each year, a handful of local chefs and bakers continually bring home an array of awards — including the renowned James Beard Award, an annual awards program often called "The Oscars of Food" that celebrates the nation's top culinary talent. The city is also incredibly vegetarian-friendly — so much so it recently received accolades from online food ordering service GrubHub, which named it number one on its list of "Most Vegetarian Cities in the U.S." More than 30 farmers' markets supply local produce to the Triangle, and three of these are found in Chapel Hill at the UNC Hospital's Farmers Market (May – September), Southern Village Farmers Market (May – October), and Chapel Hill Farmers Market (open year-round). If food is king in this city in the woods, then drink is its queen. The city ofers a handful of top-notch drinking locations whether you're a beer, wine, or spirits connoisseur. Travel back to the Prohibition with cocktails at The Crunkelton — a former members-only bar wielding a Wurlitzer jukebox — or through time to your childhood in the "nerd-chic" atmosphere of The Baxter, home to 50 vintage and original arcade games. Grab a microbrew from Beer Study, Carolina Brewery, or Top of the Hill Restaurant. If cafeine's your game, Carolina Cofee Shop attracts UNC alum and lovers of elaborate cofee drinks, while Café Driade helps patrons relax with its wooded back patio. As if Chapel Hill's vast food and drink selection isn't enough, the city plays host to a large and active music scene. For those craving some live tunes, at least six downtown bars and restaurants showcase local and national acts on any given night. Whether the atmosphere you crave is a lively, 48-year-old dive bar (The Cave) >> A Carolina blue sky regularly greets residents in the "Southern Part of Heaven" known as Chapel Hill. This western point of the North Carolina "Triangle" may be the smallest with just over 59,000 people (Raleigh is the largest with approximately 440,000, followed by Durham with nearly 252,000), but it certainly promises to be the liveliest. Education, eateries, and entertainment abound in this Tar Heel city. Every day, Chapel Hill overfows with energy as nearly 33,000 students, faculty and staf from the University of North Carolina (UNC) fll its streets. The nation's frst public university, opening in 1795, UNC today draws people from each North Carolina county, all 50 states and 21 diferent countries. It ofers 78 bachelor's, 112 master's, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. In fact, about three-quarters of the population holds a bachelor's degree or higher — placing the city at number nine on's "100 Most Educated Places in America" list. Although the university is one of the city's largest employers, it's not the only local educational institution providing jobs. Other major players include Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Duke University in Durham and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Healthcare is the second-largest industry in Chapel Hill. UNC Health Care and Blue Cross/Blue Shield NC provide most of the city's healthcare jobs — as does the nearby Duke University Health System. Because Chapel Hill's surrounding cities supply so many jobs to residents, approximately 60.4 percent intellectual, diverse, carolina blue

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