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 Population98,953
Total Households38,967
Average Age41.1

Age % The Population

0-14 years19.1%
15-24 years13.5%
25-34 years10.6%
35-44 years13.4%
45-54 years15%
65+ years13.4%
55-64 years14.9%

ESRI 2013

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI

ESRI 2013

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School13,91920.6%
High School Graduate22,83933.8%
Some College13,24419.6%
Associates Degree6,82510.1%
Bachelor's Degree7,16210.6%
Graduate/Professional Degree3,5815.3%

ESRI 2013


Labor Force49,767
Unemployment Rate8.3%

NC ESC 2013

Largest Employers

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

Charlotte USA regional counties

Employment By Industry

Industry Emp. % Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 1,219 2.7%
Construction 2,318 5.2%
Manufacturing 5,886 13.3%
Transportation, Utilities 2,419 5.5%
Information 268 0.6%
Wholesale Trade 1,247 2.8%
Retail Trade 4,643 10.5%
FIRE 2,522 5.7%
Services 17,861 40.3%
Public Administration 5,930 13.4%

EMSI 2013


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