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 Population140,196
Total Households53,824
Average Age39.6%

Age % The Population

0-14 years19.7%
15-24 years13.1%
25-34 years12%
35-44 years13.3%
45-54 years14.9%
65+ years12.5%
55-64 years14.4%

ESRI 2013

Household Income

Year Median HHI PCI

ESRI 2013

Workforce Education

Level Total %
Less than High School18,56919.5%
High School Graduate32,56734.2%
Some College19,61720.6%
Associates Degree7,9998.4%
Bachelor's Degree11,33211.9%
Graduate/Professional Degree5,1425.4%

ESRI 2013


Labor Force68,694
Unemployment Rate8%

NC ESC 2013

Largest Employers

Largest Employers
Food Lion
Rowan Regional Medical Center
Magna Composites
Wayne Brothers Inc

Charlotte USA regional counties

Employment By Industry

Industry Emp. % Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 1,342 2.3%
Construction 3,208 5.6%
Manufacturing 7,918 13.9%
Transportation, Utilities 3,553 6.2%
Information 359 0.6%
Wholesale Trade 2,123 3.7%
Retail Trade 5,409 9.5%
FIRE 2,004 3.5%
Services 22,045 38.6%
Public Administration 9,144 16%

EMSI 2013


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