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 population in the 2020 census was 76,285.
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: Census (2020, ACS 2015-19).

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.

Located in Chatham County, Triangle Innovation Point (TIP), is the largest megasite in the state of North Carolina and is ideal for life science and advanced manufacturing.

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

Cary is a top U.S. city to attract corporate headquarters, report says

October 10, 2022
“We certainly see communities like Cary emerging as top candidates for corporate head office operations,” Boyd told WRAL TechWire.  That’s due to the industrial development that’s occurring in the corridor between the Triangle and the Triad, with investments from VinFast, Wolfspeed, Boom Supersonic, and others, noted Boyd.

Our Partners. Your Connections.

Get in touch with the Chatham County Economic Development Council.

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