Prosperity Zone Data Books
North Carolina created eight new geographic zones in 2014 to enhance customer service and improve efficiency between governmental agencies at a regional level. These Prosperity Zones each contain between 10 and 17 counties and vary in population from 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) and micropolitan (10,000 to 50,000 residents) as well as 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.