Charlotte's Economy & Demographics

Charlotte skylineCharlotte has been perceived as a banking town for many years. While it is true that Charlotte is the nation’s second-largest banking center, finance is not the largest industry or employment sector. This industry diversification along with a world-ranked international airport, low cost of doing business and superior quality of life lead companies to move and expand here.

Manufacturing, healthcare and the energy industry are key components of the Charlotte business community. Charlotte is known for being a can-do town. The public and private sectors have come together numerous times to work toward what is best for Charlotte. That partnership has helped build a strong sense of community.

The Charlotte-Metro region is home to more than 270 Fortune 500 Companies, seven of which are headquartered in Mecklenburg County.

The Charlotte region is a hub of activity. Visions are being created and plans are being implemented. People in the public and private sector are working together to accomplish goals that will preserve Charlotte as a great place to live and do business.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte in conjunction with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have created a thorough quality of life dashboard. Click here to explore.


Economic Data

Balanced Economy

Economic Forecast (PDF)

Economic Indicators




A variety of economic presentations may be found on our presentations page.



Cost of Living Data

Charlotte cost of living index (PDF)

Annual Cost of Living Averages

Cost of living calculator





Census Data

Census 2000 Mecklenburg information (PDF)

MSAs: Fastest Growing (PDF)

Census 2000 CSA information (PDF)

MSAs: Ranked by Population (PDF)

Census 2010 comparisons (PDF)

Population Estimates (PDF)

Migration information (PDF)










Demographic information

Radial Demographics (PDF)

Demographic Profile Maps

Demographics by Zip Code