DEMOGRAPHICS & LABOR DATA
Good to GROW: Numbers that add up.
Are demographics destiny? That’s a topic for debate, but not debatable are the resilient demographics of Rockingham County. In recent years, Rockingham County weathered the perfect storm that struck American manufacturing—the 2008 economic downturn, the most severe recession in the 80 years, combined with the rising tide of offshoring begun in the 1980s in a trend particularly debilitating to American textiles. Rockingham County not only survived that storm, the county showed growth, and, more significantly, exhibited leadership in opening the way toward American reshoring.
Today, with textiles leading the way Rockingham County manufacturing is growing across the board, reshoring and even attracting South Asian investment from India, where the history of textiles stretches back 4,000 years. Rockingham County’s roots aren’t quite so deep, although our history dates to the 1780s. That means today we are a rich blend of old and new, with diversity in population and industry sectors, along with a broad-minded viewpoint, that makes us a good match for global industry. And as part of two statistical areas—the Greensboro-High Point MSA and the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point CSA—Rockingham County also grows on an expanding demographic foundation.
So while our numbers may not be the largest, they add up to something special, weaving a vibrant story and a vibrant fabric of a community ready to face the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. You’re in a good place because we’re ready for the future.