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4 Small NC Towns Poised for Big Job Growth

4 Small NC Towns Poised for Big Job Growth
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The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 recession, and a quick look at any list of the best cities for job growth will show you that North Carolina is leading the pack.

While Raleigh and Charlotte appear on almost every one of these lists, there are several smaller North Carolina towns well on their way to doing big things. Here are 4 that job seekers would be wise to keep an eye on.


Cary has an incredibly low unemployment rate at only 3.6%. As part of the Research Triangle, there are several major technology, health, and life science companies in the area, such as Verizon, SAS Institute, and WakeMed Health & Hospitals.

Cary is a great town for established professionals looking to relocate; 61% of the workforce holds at least a bachelor’s degree, and the median family income is $113,052, almost twice the median family income of the United States as a whole.


Concord is a small town in Cabarrus County, near Kannapolis and Mount Pleasant. Despite a growing population, the unemployment rate in Concord has remained a low 4%.

Over the past year, Concord has seen 1.85% job growth, and future job growth over the next 10 years is predicted to be 39.7%. It used to be seen as a bedroom community for Charlotte, but the relocation of several major businesses, including the international headquarters of ACN Inc., makes Concord worthy of its own spot on our list.

Holly Springs

Like Cary, Holly Springs benefits from the plethora of jobs available in the Research Triangle Park region.

Since 2000, it has more than doubled in size, and is now home to almost 25,000 residents. Correspondingly, job growth has increased 3.71% in the past 12 months, compared to the United States average of 1.18%.

The Raleigh News & Observer wrote an article last year on Holly Springs’ “remarkable journey” from impoverished outpost to one of the hottest towns in North Carolina.


Mooresville, also known as Race City USA, is home to dozens of NASCAR teams, as well as the Auto Racing Hall of Fame. This focus on racing has led to the creation of many jobs in the automotive industry.

The town is also the location of the corporate headquarters of Lowe’s Companies, a nationwide home improvement chain that continues to expand. And NGK Ceramics USA announced plans for a $22 million expansion at its Mooresville plant last October, further solidifying their presence in the town.

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