Where Business Meets Opportunity

Uniquely situated at the gateway between Raleigh-Durham and Eastern North Carolina, Nash County offers a broad range of opportunity for growing a business. Over the years, the county has evolved into a manufacturing and pharmaceutical powerhouse, helped in part by its distribution-friendly location at a junction for major highways and railways. The county's location, coupled with its ample framework for commercial and industrial development make it a prime location for economic prosperity and a diversified workforce.

Quality of life-Rocky Mount Mills Beer Garden

Nash County Data

Nash County's estimated population in 2021 was 94,003.
Nash County's estimated median age in 2021 was 42.
The average commute for workers is 23 minutes.
63.6% of residents also work in Nash County.
The estimated median family income in 2021 was 62,644.
The property tax rate per $100 value is 67 cents.
Source: Census (2010, ACS 2014-18).

Noteworthy Characteristics

Nash Community College and partners like RAMP East Advanced Manufacturing Institute are providing a talent development system to meet industry needs in Nash County and Eastern North Carolina. The partnership seeks to increase the number of workers with industry-recognized credentials and provide a pipeline of workers with advanced manufacturing and food processing skills.

Manufacturing and technology students working carefully with a lathe machine in a workshop.
A person wearing protective headgear while working on metal with welding gear.

Nash County is a Tier One county offering some of the most lucrative incentives in North Carolina.

Nash County is home to several major manufacturing companies and continues to grow as an attractive area for advanced manufacturing. Its two largest employers Pfizer Inc, (2,400) and Cummins Engines (1,800) are among the largest producers of medical devices and diesel engines in the nation.

Advanced vehicle manufacturing equipment.

Infrastructure and Accessibility

Aerial view of Interstate 95 and US Highway 64 interchange.

Nash County's strong transportation network provide easy access to the Research Triangle area and proximity to all the major markets along I-95 corridor from Boston to New York to Washington, D.C. and Miami.

Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport features a 7,000-foot runway for commercial air needs.

Large plane resting on the tarmac.
Freight train chugging along on a sunny afternoon.

CSX and Coastal Carolina Rail provide freight services along the East Coast and Amtrak offers passenger service out of Rocky Mount.

Nash County News

Nash County Recap: Looking back on 2020 and ahead to 2021

January 13, 2021
For Press Inquiries Contact Andy Hagy Nash County Economic Development Director 252-462-2737 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nash County Economic Development recaps first year and looks forward to a prosperous 2021. Nash County and the world faced an unprecedented year in 2020 due to the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. The emergence of the coronavirus sped […]


October 30, 2020
Raleigh, N.C. Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CNR), a manufacturer of exterior building products, will create 38 new jobs in Nash County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest approximately $25 million over five years to establish a production facility in Rocky Mount. “I know first hand about the dedicated workers and great […]

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