Hillsborough is a beautiful small town located just west of Chapel Hill in Orange County. Many royal governors lived in Hillsborough and, after the Revolution, Hillsborough hosted the state’s Constitutional Convention of 1778 which demanded the Bill of Rights be added to the U.S. Constitution.
People in Hillsborough take pride in their community’s long history, and you can see it for yourself – there are more than 100 late 18th and early 19th century structures still standing in the town. Part of Hillsborough’s charm is its numerous historical and natural places to visit. Walk along King or Tryon Street and check out the old church buildings still in use, or the old Orange County Courthouse. For those not afraid of getting a little spooky, there are four town cemeteries that offer a glimpse into Hillsborough’s rich history.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, be sure to check out one of three gardens or three natural areas. The Occoneechee Mountain State Natural area features nearly two miles of trails to hike and explore, and the Montrose Gardens are sure to please.
Orange County Schools
The Orange County Schools district serves the Hillsborough community with its 13 schools. The district educates about 7,100 students each year and employs 518 teachers. Parents are able to choose for their children to attend a year-round school if they feel that a year-round schedule would best suit their child, as the district has one school operating under that schedule. The other 12 schools operate on a quarterly schedule with each quarter consisting of 9 weeks.
The Orange County Schools benefits from its proximity to the Triangle. With The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University, among many others located within an hour’s drive, students in the district have an array of opportunity laid out before them. Teachers in the district are committed to helping each student reach their goals and achieve academic and personal success.
Many people in Hillsborough commute to work within Orange County. The largest employers in the County are UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Health Care System, the local school districts in Chapel Hill and Orange County, Town governments and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Small businesses also flourish in Orange County, and benefit from the creative minds coming out of the area’s Universities.
The median income in the county is $75, 056 and over the past decade the county grew by 1.3 percent. The towns in Orange County are marked with a stable workforce in the rural areas, educated populations and diverse employment opportunities. With Interstates 40 and 85 converging in the heart of the County, residents of Hillsborough have easy access to the Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and the Triad of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Wake Forest. This convenient location makes it easier than ever for people in the County to find work. Whether you’re looking to start a business or find employment in an existing company, the opportunities are vast in Orange County.