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Toll Free: 800-554-4373

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

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Total Population211,673
Total Households82,168
Average Age40.3

Age % The Population

0-14 years19.70%
15-24 years12.40%
25-34 years12.30%
35-44 years12.50%
45-54 years14.60%
65+ years15.40%
55-64 years13.20%

ESRI 2015

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI
2015$42,660 $22,723
2020$50,470 $25,610

ESRI 2015

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School25,79717.7%
High School Graduate32,64722.4%
Some College36,58225.1%
Associates Degree13,2639.1%
Bachelor's Degree19,53013.4%
Graduate/Professional Degree8,4535.8%

ESRI 2014


Labor Force104,282
Unemployment Rate5.80%

JobsEQ 2015

Largest Employers

Largest Employers
CaroMont Health
Pharr Yarns, Inc.
Dole Fresh Foods
Wix Filtration Group

Charlotte USA regional counties

Employment By Industry

Industry Emp. % Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 381 0.4%
Construction 6,291 6.6%
Manufacturing 17,156 18.0%
Transportation, Utilities 6,195 6.5%
Information 1,334 1.4%
Wholesale Trade 2,955 3.1%
Retail Trade 10,866 11.4%
FIRE 5,242 5.5%
Services 1,335 1.4%
Public Administration 3,431 3.6%

ESRI 2015


Gaston County is the second-largest county in the Charlotte region with a population of over 200,000.  With 16 fully equipped business parks – among the most in the region – and numerous buildings ranging from high-end to inexpensive, Gaston has a site to suit any prospect.  Due to a number of recent textile plant closings, Gaston offers Tier II incentives (among the best in the region) and a workforce eager for new opportunities. Its location just west of Charlotte means it is closer to Charlotte Douglas International Airport than any other county, even closer to the airport than parts of Mecklenburg County.

Gaston County Economic Development Commission
Donny Hicks, CEcD CCIM
P.O. Box 2339
Gastonia, NC 28053


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