Guide to Chapel Hill


2017 Property Tax Rates (dollars per $100 valuation)
  • Chapel Hill City/Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District
    1.5475
  • Carrboro City/Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District
    1.6289
  • Durham County/City
    1.3465
  • Orange County/Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District
    1.1078 – 1.1886
  • Orange County/County School District
    0.9186 – 1.3680
  • Hillsborough City/Orange County
    1.4577
  • North Chatham County
    0.7311
Other Taxes
  • State personal property tax is 8%; no city or county income tax.

  • In some counties in North Carolina, a sales tax of 7.5% is paid at the time of purchase for most items (4.75% goes to State general fund, 2.75% is returned to county and local governments). Food items are taxed at 2%. Most utility services are taxed at 3%. Additional state taxes are included in the purchase price of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and gasoline.

  • The Highway Use Tax is 3% of the retail value of the motor vehicle. New residents moving to N.C. pay 3% of the wholesale value of their automobiles, a one-time fee.