Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties Among State Leaders in Incoming Investment

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SmartAsset recently released its sixth study on the places receiving the most incoming investment. The study measures growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), new business launches and new building permits to determine the places receiving the most investment locally for 2021.

According to the study, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Lincoln Counties ranked among the places in North Carolina with the most incoming investment.

For a comparison of the top ranking counties in North Carolina, check out the table below:

Rank County, State Business Growth GDP Growth ($ in millions) New Building Permits (per 1,000 homes) Incoming Investment Index
1 Johnston, NC 9.7% $283 45.7 69.05
2 Cabarrus, NC 8.6% $368 39.5 63.85
3 Lincoln, NC 9.9% $143 37.2 62.79
4 Brunswick, NC 5.8% $207 41.6 62.29
5 Wake, NC 6.9% $2,421 29.2 61.37
6 Mecklenburg, NC 7.1% $2,654 24.9 59.25
7 Union, NC 10.6% $400 29.0 58.44
8 Pender, NC 13.5% $92 26.2 58.17
9 Currituck, NC 6.2% $54 35.4 57.77
10 Franklin, NC 8.5% $88 32.0 57.63

Additional details on the study, including our methodology and interactive map, can be found here.

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