Workforce & Demographics

Sanford, North Carolina

A Diverse and Work-Ready Community

Ranked one of the most diverse communities in North Carolina and with a population that trends younger than the rest of the state and country, Sanford offers businesses a talented workforce now – and in the future. Thanks to Central Carolina Community College, as well as the city’s proximity to North Carolina’s Research Triangle and its key universities, Sanford is an attractive community for professionals who want access and opportunity, but prefer a small town, family-oriented culture.

Fast Facts

64,138 Total Population

In Lee County, almost half of which live in the city of Sanford

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Fast Facts

36.7 Median Age

Sanford’s median age is younger than the U.S., while the median age in Lee County is on par with the country at 38.

Source: GIS Planning

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Fast Facts

4.2% Unemployment Rate

in Lee County.

Source: GIS Planning

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Fast Facts

1.4 million in Labor Force

within one hour of the city of Sanford.

Source: GIS Planning

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Fast Facts

#13 Most Diverse

Sanford is a top diverse community in North Carolina.

Source: Niche

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Fast Facts

52.6% Female

Sanford’s female population is higher than the U.S. average.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Workforce Participation Numbers by Race

Talent Now and in the Future

Sanford has a steadily growing population with a healthy age distribution. 51.2% of the population is considered workforce age (18-64) and 28.4% is in the school-age bracket. A strong school system from PK-14 and nearby world-class universities ensure that Sanford’s population will continue to grow and foster skilled professionals. Learn more about education in Sanford.

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Ready to Work

The existing talent pool in and around Sanford is strong and diverse. The labor force consists of 1, 355,989 people within an hour of the city of Sanford. With over 30% of Lee County’s workforce in manufacturing, the largest singular industry by employee count is production, including life sciences and advanced manufacturing. For more information on the talent pool in Sanford, NC, view the occupational data under ‘Explore Communities’.

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Talent Tailored for Your Business

Sanford, NC, offers several workforce development resources for businesses that need to upskill their employees and groom new talent. Support includes training to fill any skills gaps with current employees, apprenticeships and on-the-job training, as well as educational tools and resources for employers and employees to excel on the job and help shape the future Sanford talent pool. Learn more about Sanford’s workforce development opportunities.

Student in culinary school cutting herbs. Credit: Central Carolina Community College (CCCC)

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