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Cleveland County, NC

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A diverse business economy keeps Cleveland County independent from any one dominant industry. With companies like Atrium Health, Clearwater Paper, Reliance Electric and Curtiss-Wright calling Cleveland County home, interesting items produced in the local area include paper towels, aircraft parts, electric motors, truck cabs, and lots more. Businesses in the automotive, advanced manufacturing sectors, as well as many data centers, are located in Cleveland County, too.

With access to more than half of the country in just 24 hours, Cleveland Country’s location is one of its top draws. Proximity to Interstates 85, 40, 26 and 77 means a steady flow of goods and services. And to get those goods where they need to go, there are about 250 trucking companies close by.

A robust talent pipeline is easily accessible, given the county’s Cleveland Community College and Gardner-Webb University campuses, and more than 600,000 prospective employees live within just 35 miles.

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Talent Pipeline

Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains at the center of two of the largest metropolitan areas in the Carolinas, Cleveland County, North Carolina is a gateway to Charlotte and Asheville.

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Talent Pipeline

Cleveland County

Location. Location. Location.

Located just 35 minutes from Uptown Charlotte and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Cleveland County provides a relaxed quality of life and small-town charm.

Location. Location. Location.

Cleveland County

Quick Facts


Total Population


Labor Force


Median Household Income


Median Age

4.5 Percent

Unemployment Rate

35 Percent

High School Diploma

11.4 Percent

Associate Degree

10.5 Percent

Bachelor's Degree

Kristin Reese

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Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership