1 million+ workers

250,000 students

30+ colleges and universities

1 million+ workers

250,000 students

30+ colleges and universities

Workforce

The Carolina Core boasts a workforce of more than one million strong, fueled by the innovation mindset of more than 30 colleges and universities in the region.

Eight million people, or 80 percent of North Carolina’s population, live in North Carolina’s urban crescent roughly between Interstate 95 in the east and I-77 to the west. This population is projected to grow by more than 1 million people during the next 25 years, offering the only realistic labor shed for transformational growth.