Beaufort County Economy


Greenville-Washington Combined Statistical Area Map (PNG) Opens in new windowBeaufort County, North Carolina is located only 1.5 hours East of Raleigh, NC and 30 minutes east of Greenville, North Carolina and is a part of the Greenville-Washington Combined Statistical Area (GWCSA). People move to Beaufort County from all around the country for the waterfront living, agreeable climate, lack of bumper-to-bumper traffic, a diverse economy, good schools, and our southern hospitality.

Workforce & Industries

Combined as the GWSCA, Beaufort and Pitt Counties have a population of over 220,000 and a workforce of over 107,000. The GWSCA workforce is talented, available, trainable, and growing with a pipeline of labor coming from the GWSCA's high schools, community colleges, university, and retrained workers. Over 150 manufacturing establishments call the GWCSA home, employing over 8,500 people. These manufacturers produce a multitude of products such as air filters, boats, electric motors, lift trucks, pharmaceuticals, plastic parts, metal fabrications, retail store fixtures, and truck bodies.

Business Climate

North Carolina is Number 2 on Forbes' list of best states for business and careers. Beaufort County is home to a wide variety of companies, such as:

  • AAF Flanders
  • Carver Machine Works
  • Iconic Marine Group
  • idX Impressions
  • InterMarket Technology
  • ITW Medical Inc.
  • National Spinning Co.
  • Nutrien
  • Oakridge Industries
  • PAS USA Inc.
  • VT Hackney

There are a number of reasons why a wide variety of companies have located their business in Beaufort County including:

  • Competitive tax rates
  • Solid business climate
  • Highly capable workforce (17% of the private workforce is engaged in manufacturing)
  • Three airports located between 30 to 120 minutes from Beaufort County providing daily flights via major air carriers
  • Major deepwater ports within 120 minutes of Beaufort County