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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 16 — ISSUE 2 40 CHAPEL HILL Chapel Hill BY ALYSSA LAFARO Because of this Chapel Hill-Durham-Raleigh "Triangle," approximately 60.4 percent of Chapel Hill's 59,000 residents commute to work. To help them, 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 offers 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 Pacific Islanders comprise the second-largest racial group (11.9 percent) — a population that has increased by 292 percent since 1990 — followed by African Americans (9.7 percent) and Hispanics (6.4 percent, a 784 percent increase since 1990). Part of this growth is due to the immense amount of business opportunities in the Triangle. The nearby Research Triangle Park houses more than 200 companies — including IBM, Cisco Systems and GlaxoSmithKline — specializing in micro-electronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and environmental science. Opportunities for startups abound as well. Twice a year, business accelerator Launch Chapel Hill offers a program for entrepreneurs committed to transforming their startups into self-sustaining enterprises. The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership also aids local mom-and-pops with a variety of grants to help with branding, marketing, and regulations. Most recently, Entrepreneur magazine named Chapel Hill as one of its top-15 "Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch." And the businesses here do well. Restaurants, in particular, thrive. In fact, there are more than 95 of them. Not only can foodies savor samplings from nearly every culture imaginable — Greek, Asian, African, Ethiopian, Indian, Mexican, and Southern are just a few — but they can do it from award-winning eateries. Mediterranean Deli, which showcases an overwhelming amount of traditional Greek side dishes in glass, deli-style cases, was named "Best of the Triangle" by Spectator magazine. Garden and Gun said Al's Burger Shack cooks one of the "South's Best Burgers." And Asian-inspired Lantern is one of only four in the state to have received a James Beard Award (an annual awards program often called "The Oscars of Food") for "Best Chef in the Southeast." An incredibly vegetarian-friendly city, Chapel Hill received the top spot on GrubHub's list of the "Most Vegetarian City in the U.S." in fall 2015. Nearly every >> Drips of sunlight seep through seep through autumn- autumn- seep through autumn- speckled trees and splash onto the ground. Buzzes, chirps and football chants echo throughout the canopy. The smell of steeping coffee beans wafts through the tepid air. A banjo reverberates in the distance. Welcome to fall in Chapel Hill. Sometimes called "a pat of butter in a sea of grits," this city on the hill is a mecca for musicians, students, researchers and travelers alike. And each season here brings a beauty unto its own — scenic hiking in autumn, starry nights in winter, bountiful blooms in spring and endless entertainment in summer. Fall kicks off the year in this "Southern Part of Heaven" as more than 33,000 students, faculty and staff from each North Carolina county, all 50 states and 21 different countries hit the bricks at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Established in 1795 as the nation's first public university, UNC today offers 78 bachelor's, 112 master's, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and its College of Arts and Sciences. For the few degrees not offered by UNC, such as engineering, students can meander just a few miles down I-40 to Duke University in Durham or North Carolina State University in Raleigh — an educational triangle credited for the 75 percent of Chapel Hillians who hold a bachelor's degree or higher. All three institutions, as well as Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, are leading employers for Chapel Hill residents. Health care rides on education's "tar heels" as the city's second-largest job industry, the main players including UNC Health Care, Blue Cross/Blue Shield NC, and the Duke University Health System. blue skies, banjos, breakthrough businesses

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