"“My father lives in Orange County and if you need to get in touch with him you may at this address: P.O. Box [redacted], Hillsborough, N.C. 27278, phone 919-[redacted]-0438 or 4038.”"

Orange County, NC

Map of Orange County, NC
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Orange County is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.  It was originally established in 1771; however, many the boundaries were changed many times until the county we know today was established in 1881.  It has a population of about 134,000 people and is home to many major cities, including Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.

For more information about Orange County visit the county’s official website: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/.



Hillsborough, NC

Hillsborough is the county seat of Orange County.  It is home to approximately 5,653 people.  It is a very small town only covering 4.6 square miles.  This means there are about 1,189 people living in every square mile of the town.  Due to the small size, there is little economic opportunity; 12.6% of the population lives below the poverty line.

For more information about Hillsborough visit the city’s official website: http://www.ci.hillsborough.nc.us/.

Hillsborough, NC
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