2014 Economic Tiers

2014 tier rankings

2014 Economic Tiers
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3

Alleghany

Anson

Bertie

Beaufort

Bladen

Burke

Caldwell

Camden

Caswell

Chowan

Clay

Columbus

Edgecombe

Gates

Graham

Greene

Halifax

Hertford

Hoke

Hyde

Jackson

Jones

Lenoir

Martin

Mitchell

Montgomery

Northampton

Pasquotank

Perquimans

Richmond

Robeson

Rockingham

Rutherford

Scotland

Surry

Swain

Tyrrell

Vance

Warren

Washington

Wilson

 

Alamance

Alexander

Ashe

Avery

Catawba

Cherokee

Cleveland

Craven

Cumberland

Currituck

Dare

Davidson

Davie

Duplin

Franklin

Gaston

Granville

Harnett

Haywood

Lee

Macon

Madison

Nash

Onslow

Pamlico

Person

Pitt

Polk

Randolph

Rowan

Sampson

Stanly

Stokes

Transylvania

Wayne

Wilkes

Yadkin

Yancey

 

Brunswick

Buncombe

Cabarrus

Carteret

Chatham

Durham

Forsyth

Guilford

Henderson

Iredell

Johnston

Lincoln

Mecklenburg

Moore

New Hanover

Orange

Pender

Union

Wake

Watauga

The N.C. Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties based on economic well-being and assigns each a tier designation. The 40 most distressed counties are designated as Tier 1, the next 40 as Tier 2 and the 20 least distressed as Tier 3. The tier system is incorporated into various programs to encourage economic activity in less prosperous areas.

Rural/Urban Counties in North Carolina

 

Rural: The Rural Center serves 85 of the state's counties. Of these, 80 have an average population density of 250 per square mile or less, as of the 2010 Census. Five rural transitional counties have higher population densities but still retain significant rural characteristics.

 

 

 

 

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