As a regionally engaged university, WCU embraces its role as both a steward of the unique place that is Western North Carolina and as a catalyst for economic and community development. Fostering the development of our region has always been a part of our mission.
In partnership with the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise and the Gimelstob-Landry Professorship within the College of Business, we've built a source for prospective businesses and professionals to explore local, regional and state-wide economic data to better understand the impact of labor markets, product markets, real estate and workforce demographics of North Carolina.
Explore the sectors below to find data visualizations and specific information on the economics of Western North Carolina and the State:
NC is renowned for its natural beauty, from our mountains in WNC to the coastal region. In this sector, we'll explore the data pertaining to the natural resources and land of the area.
North Carolina as a whole provides a number of regions where the cost of doing business remains low. The data for this sector features labor statistics, cost of living and wages for North Carolina.
North Carolina hosts successful firms in a wide variety of industries especially tourism and health care. See the details on the products and industries thriving in our State.
The population of North Carolina is growing and becoming more educated. With that, the demographics of our State are changing rapidly. See how you can leverage this data.
View industry-specific GDP measures by county and by prosperity zone. See how your county compares to North Carolina as a whole.
An inventory of regional businesses engaged in the Natural Products industry. This data is a result of research by WCU Professors Wendy Cagle, Yue Hillon, and Arthur Salido.
Explore data for the region including deaths due to drug overdoses, infant mortality rates, and deaths due to cardiac disease.
Just want to download the data? All of the data are available in Excel files at the link below.