Prosperity Zone Data Books
These data books serve as an introduction to the economies of North Carolina's eight Prosperity Zones, providing a broad overview of the labor market and demographic trends occurring in each. The Prosperity Zones contain between 10 and 17 counties and vary in population from about half a million to more than 2 million. Two of the zones — Southwest and North Central — are heavily influenced by the presence of the state’s two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh. Other zones contain a mixture of metropolitan (greater than 50,000 residents), micropolitan (10,000 to 50,000 residents), and rural areas. Although each zone is presented as a single unit in the data that follows, it is important to remember there is a great deal of variation within each zone.