Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Rowan County, NC

County Profiles


Located an hour’s drive from major state hubs of Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, Rowan County, North Carolina, is centrally located area filled with quiet countryside where you’ll find wineries and pick-your-own farms, plus a growing downtown area with breweries, arts, a historic trolley, and more.

Interstate 85 passes through the county from southwest to northeast, plus easy access to routes 70, 29, and 52, and the Mid-Carolina Regional Airport gives businesses an alternative option to the busy Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Creating access to a robust talent pool, Catawba College, Livingstone College, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College are all located within the county.

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County Profiles

Rich History

Rowan County is a dynamic, historical community located in the northern portion of the Charlotte metro region, with nearly four million persons live within 60 miles of Rowan County — more than any other location in the Carolinas.

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Rich History

Rowan County

Skilled Workforce

Rowan County’s central location has fueled its growth and positioned it as an increasingly frequent choice for a diverse range of manufacturing, health, technology and logistics operations.

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Skilled Workforce

Rowan County

Quick Facts


Total Population


Labor Force


Median Household Income


Median Age

4.3 Percent

Unemployment Rate

33 Percent

High School Diploma

10.5 Percent

Associate Degree

13.7 Percent

Bachelor's Degree

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Rowan County Economic Development Corporation