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Chapel Hill,town (1990 pop. 38,719), Orange co., central N.C., at the edge of the Piedmont; founded 1792, inc. 1851. Primarily residential, the town's economy is based on research and education. Chapel Hill is part of Research Triangle ParkResearch Triangle Park,
research, business, medical, and educational complex situated in central North Carolina. It has an area of 6,900 acres (2,795 hectares) and is 8 × 2 mi (13 × 3 km) in size. Named for the triangle formed by Duke Univ. in Durham, the Univ.
..... Click the link for more information. (est. 1959), an area and organization shared with Durham and Raleigh that utilizes the talent of the cities' universities. Chapel Hill is the seat of the Univ. of North Carolina (see North Carolina, Univ. ofNorth Carolina, University of,
main campus at Chapel Hill; state supported; coeducational; chartered 1789, opened 1795, the first state college to open as a university. In 1931 the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (now North Carolina State Univ.
..... Click the link for more information. ) and home to the North Carolina Botanical Gardens.