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Cleveland County is nestled in the rolling piedmont of the southwestern portion of North Carolina situated in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Our county is the gateway between Asheville and Charlotte, and is centered between two of the largest metropolitan areas in the Carolinas – Charlotte and Greenville/Spartanburg. Cleveland County is easily accessed by four major interstates (I-85, I-77, I-26 and I-40) and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is just 40 minutes away.

Cleveland County is a progressive and business-friendly community. We want your business to succeed and are committed to ensuring that as a new business owner, your transition into this community is seamless.

Our municipalities offer ‘small town charm’, while big city attractions are less than an hour away. Our wonderful quality-of-place is evidenced by our reliable health care facilities, highly rated public schools, low crime rate, four-season climate, and other recreational and cultural opportunities. Gardner-Webb University is also located in Cleveland County, and offers a broad curriculum, a top rated Business School, and attacks students from all over the world.

Additionally, there are countless networking and advertising opportunities for small businesses through the Cleveland County Chamber, and the professionals there can give you additional guidance and answer questions that you may have about Cleveland County and North Carolina.

Incentives

North Carolina offers tax credits through Article 3J to qualifying businesses for the creation of new jobs, and for investments in new machinery and equipment. Training opportunities may also be available to your company through Cleveland Community College. Additionally, Gardner-Webb University offers tuition credits to companies that make a commitment to create a large number of jobs. For more information, contact the Economic Development Partnership to see if you may qualify for any of the aforementioned incentitives.

Demographics

Population
Total Population 99,303
Total Households 38,347
Average Age 39
Household Income
Year
Median HHI
PCI
2000 $35,294 $17,395
2008 $43,264 $21,276
2013 $49,674 $23,509
Employment by Industry
Industry
Emp.
%Emp.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining 4,011 8.5%
Construction 3,431 7.7%
Manufacturing 11,364 25.5%
Transportation, Utilities 1,916 4.3%
Information 624 1.4%
Wholesale Trade 1,515 3.4%
Retail Trade 4,991 11.2%
Fire 1,649 3.7%
Services 17,292 38.8%
Public Administration 1,471 3.3%

Transportation

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Accessibility

Cleveland County is easily accessed by four major interstates (I-85, I-77, I-26, and I-40) and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport is only 40 minutes away.

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Airlines

Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) is located only 40 minutes from Cleveland County

– 29 million passengers a year, and is the 10th busiest airport in the country.

– 623 daily departures with direct non-stop service to 127 destinations, including international service to Germany, England, Canada, Mexico, and South America. It is often said that Charlotte is at most one plane change away from virtually any major city in the world.

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Motor Freight

10 Trucking companies with terminals in Charlotte, NC.

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Rail System

Norfolk Southern and CSX.

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Sea Ports

Within a 4 hour truck or rail ride, the deep sea ports of Charleston, Savannah, Wilmington and Morehead City can all be reached.

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Parcel

United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express (FedEx) and DHL service the area.