Phone: 704-347-8942

Toll Free: 800-554-4373

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

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Total Population99,036
Total Households39,114
Average Age41.4

Age % The Population

0-14 years18.0%
15-24 years13.3%
25-34 years11.2%
35-44 years12.2%
45-54 years14.6%
65+ years14.0%
55-64 years16.8%

ESRI 2014

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI

ESRI 2014

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School19.2%
High School Graduate34.1%
Some College20.6%
Associates Degree10.0%
Bachelor's Degree10.7%
Graduate/Professional Degree5.5%

ESRI 2014


Labor Force49,767
Unemployment Rate8.3%

NC ESC 2013

Largest Employers

Largest Employers
Cleveland Regional Medical Center
Hanes Brands Inc.
Baldor Electric Company
PPG Industries Inc

Charlotte USA regional counties

Employment By Industry

Industry Emp. % Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 1.2%
Construction 5.4%
Manufacturing 18.5%
Transportation, Utilities 5.5%
Information 1.0%
Wholesale Trade 2.0%
Retail Trade 12.7%
FIRE 3.6%
Services 46.4%
Public Administration 3.3%

EMSI 2014


Ranked one of the top 10 best small markets by Southern Business and Development magazine, Cleveland County is easily accessed by four major interstates (I-85, I-77, I-26 and I-40) and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (just 40 minutes away). Products of this diverse manufacturing community include transmissions, aircraft parts, ceramic capacitor material, electric motors, emergency products and various specialized textiles. Industries range from operations that employ just a handful of people to large manufacturing plants with well over 1,000 employees. Cleveland County is home to numerous ISO 9000 certified companies, has no union activity, boasts 35 percent of the workforce involved in manufacturing, and is classified as an attainment county.

Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership
Kristin Fletcher
1800 East Marion St.
Shelby, NC 28152



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