Orange County is North Carolina’s ideal landscape. For business, for life, and everything in between. Orange County gives you rolling hills and lush green countryside – a rural, down-home feel that blends seamlessly with a cosmopolitan worldview. Here, you’ll find everything your business needs to thrive: a highly educated workforce, superior schools, a world-renowned university system, pioneering technology and research, unprecedented healthcare, and diversity across the board. Toss in our mild climate, and we’re not just the perfect mix – we’re your perfect business environment. In more ways than one.

The county is strategically positioned along the Eastern seaboard; with major metro areas like Washington DC and New York are just a quick flight or few hours’ drive away. Interstates I-40 and I-85 crisscross the region, facilitating quick and efficient travel in all directions. Nearby RDU International Airport, along with proximity to seaports, literally gives you the world of business just outside your door.

Orange County Data

Orange County's population in the 2020 census was 2148,696.
Orange County's estimated median age in 2019 was 35.
The average commute for workers is 23.5 minutes.
57.5% of residents also work in Orange County.
The estimated median family income in 2019 was $104,981.
The property tax rate per $100 value is 82 cents.
Source: Census (2020, ACS 2015-19).

Major Employers

Noteworthy Characteristics

Employers will find a diverse, educated and enthusiastic workforce in Orange County. More than half of Orange County’s population is in the prime working age range of 18 to 54 and represent several ethnicities.

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Orange County’s highly skilled workforce is a product of targeted education programs at The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Durham Technical Community College.

Primary, secondary, university, vocational and continuing education institutions in Orange County and surrounding areas all contribute to the goal of providing a qualified workforce.  At 53.7%, Orange County has the highest concentration of college graduates in North Carolina and 11th highest nationally.


Infrastructure and Accessibility

Aerial view of Interstate 95 and US Highway 64 interchange.

Situated at the intersection of two major transportation corridors – Interstate 85 and Interstate 40– Orange County’s location affords a variety of business land opportunities within three Economic Development Districts targeted for non-residential growth by the county. These Districts were created to offer streamlined development procedures in the prime location along the transportation corridor. Over 12 million individuals are located within 150 miles of Orange County.

Located about 18 miles east of Chapel Hill, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) offers 13 air carriers, flying to over 50 nonstop destinations, on 300+ daily flights.

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A zoomed in image of a Delta airliner mid-flight at high altitude.

Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI), located 1 hour away, offers a combined total of 58 nonstop flights daily to 14 destinations.

Orange County News

UNC-Chapel Hill receives $65M from NIH for antiviral drug development center

November 7, 2022
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health awarded the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health a $65 million grant establishing an Antiviral Drug Discovery Center to develop oral antivirals that can combat pandemic-level viruses like COVID-19.

Orange County rejoins the Research Triangle Regional Partnership

July 19, 2022
The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) is excited to announce that the County Commissioners of Orange County have agreed to once again become a member of the RTRP, growing the organization to 13 member counties and the Research Triangle Foundation. The RTRP will work closely with Orange County’s economic development team to grow the county’s brand and attract new investments.

Connect with Orange County

Interested in learning more about Orange County? Get in touch with their economic development team.

Our Counties

Map of member counties in the Research Triangle Region.