Proximity to the Assets that Matter

Uniquely situated between the urban areas of Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park, and Fayetteville and Fort Bragg; Harnett County businesses benefit from access to a diverse and highly skilled talent pool. Offering affordable land served by excellent infrastructure, moderate tax rates, competitive cost of living, and easy access to regional and national markets, Harnett County’s proximity to assets provides strategic advantages for business expansion and location.

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Harnett County Data

Harnett County's estimated population in 2021 was 130,361.
Harnett County's estimated median age in 2021 was 34.
The average commute for workers is 29.7 minutes.
38.1% of residents also work in Harnett County.
The estimated median family income in 2018 was $60,881.
The property tax rate per $100 value is 75 cents.
Source: Census (2010, ACS 2014-18).

Noteworthy Characteristics

  • Central Carolina Community College and Campbell University offer unique opportunities for customized workforce training, internships, and work-based learning to enhance and grow employer talent
  • Campbell University's undergraduate degree programs include engineering, homeland security, and cybersecurity.
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Harnett Water
  • Raven Rock State Park, the Cape Fear River, and plentiful parks, trails and recreational areas make nature and outdoor activities a part of life in Harnett County.
  • Rich with affordable housing in new and well-established neighborhoods, gated golf course communities, horse farms and over-55 living.
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Infrastructure and Support

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  • Located within an hour of both Raleigh Durham International Airport and Fayetteville Region Airport
  • Home to Harnett Regional Jetport (HRJ) offering a 5,000 foot runway and jet fuel for corporate aircraft
  • Harnett Regional Water, the largest regional water treatment facility on the Cape Fear River, ensures that Harnett County and surrounding communities enjoy an abundance of clean water
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Aerial view of Interstate 95 and US Highway 64 interchange.
  • Easy access to regional and national markets via I-95, I-40, U.S. 421 and U.S. 401

Harnett County News

Harnett County Schools Advanced Manufacturing, Health Sciences academies grow despite hurricane, pandemic

December 2, 2020
Job shadowing, internships, co-ops, and apprenticeships along with related classroom instruction allow program participants to earn degrees, diplomas, and certificates while they learn a highly skilled trade. Employers gain a pipeline of loyal skilled workers, increase productivity, and improve the bottom line. Harnett County Schools, in partnership with Central Carolina Community College, is the home […]

Investors pour nearly $2M into Carrboro biotech startup Inhalon Biopharma

August 28, 2020
CARRBORO — Inhalon Biopharma, a biotech startup founded by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, has raised nearly $2 million, according to a recent securities filing. Eleven investors contributed to the round, which kicked off Aug. 18. The Carrboro-based firm is still seeking to raise another $1.7 million, the filing noted. Inhalon Biopharma, headed by associate professor Sam Lai and his team […]

RedHill plans growth, more cash with Irish deal

August 13, 2020
A Raleigh drugmaker pushing ahead with development of its drug portfolio has signed a series of deals with an Irish drug company that will bring it immediate new capital to further along its clinical work. On Thursday, Raleigh’s RedHill Biopharma announced a deal with Cosmo Pharmaceuticals for an exclusive licensing and manufacturing agreement for multiple […]

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