North Carolina has world-renowned universities and community colleges as well as a skilled and productive workforce that continues to attract and keep the leading automotive, truck and heavy equipment companies here. When you add in the state support, the investments in advanced automotive research facilities and the fact that we have the leading motorsports economy in the country, you can see why companies here flourish.
There is an extensive network of automotive suppliers within the state and one day’s access to 80% of American and Canadian automotive plants.
North Carolina has a strong manufacturing background with more than 388,000 manufacturing workers throughout the state—ranking 9th nationally in total manufacturing employment and 1st in the Southeastern U.S.
34 of the top 150 North American OEM parts suppliers have facilities in North Carolina, and 19 of those have more than one facility in the state.
Every year North Carolina colleges and universities graduate over 3,600 in engineering fields.
A Quality of Life That Attracts Talent
From our moderate climate with excellent recreational opportunities to our culture-rich history and a low cost of living, North Carolina has what people are looking for to Thrive.
- A moderate climate
- A culture rich in history and the arts
- World-class sports events
- Recreational opportunities
- Quality health care
- Low cost of living—housing, utilities, supplies and groceries, transportation and health care are all below the national average
- Low construction costs
- Diverse educational opportunities and jobs available
The low cost of living in North Carolina makes it easier for our residents to take part in and enjoy all the great things that this state has to offer.