The Town of Chapel Hill's population is decreasing, despite popular assumptions. In fact, growth in this decade so far has been the slowest the town has seen since the 1970s.
While this may sound alarming, it's more complicated than that. The rising cost of living has caused people to move to places right outside of Chapel Hill and Orange County, but this poses additional questions for the future of development and growth in Chapel Hill. How will the town expand, and how will they get people to stay?