Chatham County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina.

Located between two metro areas – the Research Triangle and Piedmont Triad – Chatham County is an attractive place to live and do business, best known for its low cost of living, abundant recreation opportunities, and energetic historic main streets.

It has a robust manufacturing presence, with a workforce that is prepared for the technological advances of the 21st century. Existing industries include 3M, Arauco, General Shale, Triangle Brick, Mountaire Farms, and Brookwood Farms.

The main street in downtown Pittsboro.
By Gerry Dincher - Flickr: Hillsboro Street, CC BY-SA 2.0

Chatham County Data

Chatham County's estimated population in 2019 was 71,338.
Chatham County's estimated median age in 2019 was 47.
The average commute for workers is 29.8 minutes.
38.6% of residents also work in Chatham County.
The estimated median family income in 2019 was $83,963.
The property tax rate per $100 value is 67 cents.
Source: NC Commerce, AccessNC, June 2021

County Spotlight

Chatham Park

Already underway in Chatham County is Chatham Park, a 7,100-acre planned mixed-use development located adjacent to Jordan Lake and Pittsboro. At full build out, the project is expected to add 60,000 residents and to house 22 million square feet of office, research, retail and community space.

Visit the Chatham Park website to learn more.

Architectural mockup of mixed-use development. Illustration.

Unique Developments and Contributions

Chatham Park, a 7,100-acre live-work-play-learn community, is under construction in Pittsboro.

MOSAIC at Chatham Park, a $350 million mixed-use development, will serve as the commercial gateway to Chatham Park.

The 1,802-acre certified Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site has a unique geographic location to draw resources from two major metro areas.

The 2,600-acre Moncure Megasite is minutes from Raleigh and a collaborative effort from Chatham, Lee, and Harnett counties.

Award-winning Briar Chapel is one of the largest Green Certified communities in the Research Triangle.

Infrastructure and Support

Sunset at Jordan Lake, bright orange sky reflecting on the water at dusk.
  • Easy access to urban amenities
  • Within an hour’s drive of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Pinehurst
  • Excellent highway and rail access
  • Skilled and educated resident workforce
  • Diverse housing choices
Modern, single family homes in a neighborhood.
Young students doing schoolwork at the table together.
  • A public-school system committed to fostering a strong culture of learning
  • An innovative community college system that offers unique curriculum programs, continuing education classes and customized workforce training for employers

Chatham County News

Silicon Valley Laser 3D Manufacturing Company PolarOnyx Relocates to Chatham County

May 13, 2021
PolarOnyx, a California-based advanced laser 3D manufacturing company, recently relocated to Chatham County from Silicon Valley. PolarOnyx will take over the 142,000 square-foot former Performance Bicycle building off U.S. Highway 15-501 to accommodate production and workspace for employees. “This move will create many new jobs in North Carolina and enable PolarOnyx to expand the emerging […]

Prostate cancer treament from Pittsboro pharma startup lands patent

October 8, 2020
PITTSBORO – Development-stage pharmaceutical startup Propella Therapeutics Inc. has just received a patent for its metastatic prostate cancer treatment, PRL-02. The Pittsboro-based company develops off-patent medications into new therapies. It said the patent covers certain novel prodrugs. The body converts these biologically inactive compounds into the active pharmacological agent abiraterone. Abiraterone is a powerful CYP 17 enzyme inhibitor […]

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