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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 Population214,005
Total Households83,053
Average Age40.2

Age % The Population

0-14 years18.67%
15-24 years12.29%
25-34 years12.46%
35-44 years13.40%
45-54 years14.32%
65+ years13.34%
55-64 years15.49%

ESRI 2016

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI
2016$43,674 $23,917
2021$47,553 $25,961

ESRI 2016

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School24,28816%
High School Graduate33,82022.89%
Some College36,93625%
Associates Degree14,3079.68%
Bachelor's Degree20,61113.95%
Graduate/Professional Degree8,4555.72%

ESRI 2016


Labor Force109,687
Unemployment Rate9.10%

ESRI 2016

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 290 0.29%
Construction 5,748 5.77%
Manufacturing 16,801 16.85%
Transportation and Warehousing 4,886 4.90%
Information 1,373 1.38%
Wholesale Trade 3,231 3.24%
Retail Trade 12,492 12.53%
Finance and Insurance 3,651 3.66%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 1,720 1.73%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 4,130 4.14%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 48 0.05%
Administartive and Support and Waste Management Services 4,100 4.11%
Educational Services 6,894 6.91%
Health Care and Social Assistance 13,774 13.82%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 1,456 1.46%
Accommodation and Food Services 8,292 8.32%
Other Services, except Public Administration 5,450 5.47%
Public Administration 3,559 3.57%

ESRI 2016


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