Welcome to Carrboro
A eclectic, vibrant, and progressive community with an artistic flair
Carrboro is a small town in North Carolina, part of the Triangle region and only 30 minutes from Raleigh. It’s a great place to live, with a small-town feel and all the amenities of a big city. Carrboro is nicknamed “The Paris of Piedmont” and known for its vibrant music scene and beloved farmer’s market. A progressive community of about 21,000 people with a diverse population makes it a unique place to live. The downtown business district is connected to downtown Chapel Hill and stretches down Main Streets as well as Weaver Street. Carrboro shares a terrific school district with Chapel Hill, as well as other municipal services.
Carrboro is a sustainable and socially conscious community. Residents are proud of their small town feel, but they also have easy access to major cities like Raleigh and Durham. Since it’s located in the center of the state, Carrboro is known as a great place for outdoor enthusiasts.
Carrboro is an exciting place to live, nestled in the rolling hills of the central part of North Carolina. It’s also a place where you can find various housing types, including single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums, cozy cottages, and apartments. Its unique charm comes from the people and the businesses that call it home. Whether you’re looking for a place to raise a family, build a business, or invest for the future, you’ll find the right place in Carrboro.
What to Love
- Vibrant atmosphere
- Progressive community
- Strong artistic presence
- Proximity to Raleigh and Durham and UNC
- Laid-back and eclectic lifestyle
- Friendly residents
- Walkable & bikeable community
Carrboro has a vibrant downtown area but the rolling Carolina countryside and farms are just outside of town. People are drawn to its small-town vibe and laid-back lifestyle. There are restaurants, bars, music venues, and shops to explore in the downtown area. Carrboro, North Carolina, has a big personality for its size. It’s a place where people come together to create art, music, and culture. You can feel the community vibe as soon as you walk down the street, where people smile and say hello.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Carrboro is home to numerous dining and entertainment establishments that portray the community's unique ambiance. Many boutiques, shops, and restaurants are locally owned, allowing residents to share their creative side.
One popular shop is This and That Gift Gallery
. This gallery features an array of artisan crafts that are as magnificent as they are unique. Whether you're shopping for your home or looking for a special gift, this gallery has everything.
Ali Cat Toys
Is another destination known for its whimsical appeal. The store specializes in high-quality educational toys and has everything you need to find the perfect gift. Families with children enjoy shopping here during holidays, special events, and other celebrations for a gift to mark the big day.
The Weaver Street Market
is a community-owned grocery store with natural and organic products that you and your family will enjoy. It is the centerpiece of Carrboro with a community style patio under the cover of massive oak trees.
Be sure to visit Grey Squirrel Coffee Company
for a cup of craft coffee. This coffee shop is Carborro in a nutshell. It exemplifies the hospitality, community, and uniqueness that is Carrboro.
Things to Do
Carrboro has a big personality with a unique culture and various things to do. The Carrboro Music Festival
is an annual event, established in 1998, designed to make all genres of music accessible and enjoyable. The community also hosts the Carrboro Film Festival
to bring awareness to independent cinema and celebrate arts within the community.
Outside of the festivals, residents can live music in the 750-seat venue, Cat’s Cradle
which has been bringing amazing bands to Carrboro for decades. The Carrboro ArtsCenter
is a staple in the community, offering concerts, shows, family programs, classes, camps, and visual art exhibits. The Carrboro Farmers’ Market
is a lively gathering place where vendors sell fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, crafts, and other local commodities.
The University of North Carolina is only about 2 miles away and many Carrboro residents are associated with the University. Carrboro is a close-knit community, home to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
. The school district is committed to providing quality education to more than 10,000 students.
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