Workforce & Demographics



Download a detailed Workforce Profile for the York County labor shed
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Just as York County’s population is growing, so is its available workforce. This is true both in terms of absolute numbers and available skills. And as part of the Charlotte region, York County’s labor draw area should appeal to just about any HR professional.

In addition to the influx of talented and well-educated residents moving to the community, York County’s workforce is strengthened by several area colleges and universities. Within the county boundaries, Winthrop University, Clinton College and York Technical College provide high-quality educational opportunities across a wide range of subject areas. 

Workforce Facts

  • 57,000+ York County residents commute to a job outside the county each day
  • A workforce of 900,000 people live within a 45 minute drive of York County 
  • Wages in York County are below than the U.S. average
  • 42% of the population have an Associate’s Degree or higher
  • Union membership of 4.1%



As part of the Charlotte region, York County has seen considerable population growth during the past few decades.  According to U.S. Census data, the number of residents calling York County home has increased by 25% or more in three of the last four decades — with the growth rate in the most recent decade coming in closer to 40%. 

Population Facts

  • Population: 266,439
  • Population Growth (2016-2017): 3.3%
  • Median Age: 38.1
  • Median Household Income: $56,482
  • Per Capita Income: $28,830
  • Mean Travel Time to Work: 26.4 minutes
  • Median Owner-Occupied Home Value: $166,700
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2017 Population Estimates and American Community Survey 2012-2016

For more detailed information and analysis of demographic and workforce data, please visit the
York County Data Center