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

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Total Population140,001
Total Households53,734
Average Age40.1

Age % The Population

0-14 years19.00%
15-24 years12.60%
25-34 years12.40%
35-44 years12.50%
45-54 years13.90%
65+ years13.50%
55-64 years16.2%

ESRI 2015

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI
2015$41,566 $20,887
2020$48,716 $23,502

ESRI 2015

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School16,98217.7%
High School Graduate25,32826.4%
Some College20,62721.5%
Associates Degree9,3069.7%
Bachelor's Degree11,70412.2%
Graduate/Professional Degree5,8526.1%

ESRI 2015


Labor Force64,694
Unemployment Rate5.90%

JobsEQ 2015

Largest Employers

Largest Employers
Daimler Trucks North America
Food Lion
Rowan Regional Medical Center
Magna Manufacturing
Performance Fibers

Charlotte USA regional counties

Employment By Industry

Industry Emp. % Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 642 1.1%
Construction 4,376 7.5%
Manufacturing 9,686 16.6%
Transportation, Utilities 3,851 6.6%
Information 875 1.5%
Wholesale Trade 1,692 2.9%
Retail Trade 8,110 13.9%
FIRE 2,334 4.0%
Services 25,031 42.9%
Public Administration 1,809 3.1%

ESRI 2015


Rowan County is centered in the triangle of North Carolina’s three interstates and offers immediate access to the Interstate 85 Boom Belt, and interstates 77 and 40. Located halfway between the exploding Charlotte region and the vibrant Piedmont Triad area, Rowan County has easy access to three major international airports, 13 regional airports and two modern deep-water ports.  

Rowan offers some of the lowest personal/property taxes and land/construction costs in the Southeast, and maintains a diversified industrial/economic base. The county has a strong pro-business atmosphere and is the birthplace of both the Food Lion grocery store chain as well as Cheerwine soft drink.

Robert Van Geons
204 East Innes Street
Suite 220
Salisbury, NC 28144

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