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Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Charlotte Region

ChesterfieldAnsonUnionMecklenburgLancasterChesterYorkStanlyCabarrusLincolnGastonClevelandCatawbaRowanIredell Alexander


Total Population2,709,928
Total Households1,041,804
Average Age36.9

Age % The Population

0-14 years20.9%
15-24 years12.9%
25-34 years13.5%
35-44 years15.2%
45-54 years14.6%
65+ years11.3%
55-64 years11.4%

ESRI 2012

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI

ESRI 2012

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School278,10515.6%
High School Graduate509,85828.6%
Some College363,67520.4%
Associates Degree155,50978.7%
Bachelor's Degree328,02118.4%
Graduate/Professional Degree146,1838.2%

ESRI 2010

** Refers to highest level of education completed in total population, age 25+.


Labor Force1,283,353
Unemployment Rate12.7%

NC and SC ESC 2009

Largest Employers

Largest Employers
Carolinas Healthcare System
Wells Fargo/Wachovia
Bank of America
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Presbyterian Regional Healthcare Corp
Delhaize America Inc/Food Lion LLC
Duke Energy Corporation
Ruddick Corporation
Daimler Trucks North America
Lowes Companies, Inc.
US Airways Group

Charlotte USA regional counties

Employment By Industry

Industry Emp. % Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 8,957 1.1%
Construction 79,482 5.1%
Manufacturing 142,159 9.2%
Transportation, Utilities 60,313 3.9%
Information 29,789 1.9%
Wholesale Trade 63,302 4.1%
Retail Trade 158,649 10.3%
FIRE 160,998 10.4%
Services 654,953 42.3%
Public Administration 179,055 11.6%

EMSI 2013


Charlotte USA is home to the world headquarters of eight Fortune 500 companies, and since 1990, new and expanding businesses have invested more than $18 billion here, creating more than 170,000 new jobs. The Charlotte region consists of about 2.7 million people living in 16 counties in two different states, 12 counties in North Carolina and four in South Carolina. It is strategically located in the center of the East Coast, and the importance of this Eastern time zone location cannot be overestimated. For example, within two hours’ flight time or one day's delivery by motor freight, businesses in the Charlotte USA region can reach almost 60 percent of the population of the United States and more than 60 percent of the nation’s industrial base.

Charlotte Regional Partnership
Ronnie Bryant
550 South Caldwell St.
Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202