Sanford, NC is located in Lee County, which places it just about in the very center of the state. Almost 30,000 people live in the little town. Historically, Sanford, NC was known for brick making and textiles. Also, given its central location, the city is convenient to several highways as well as railroad lines. The average commute time is about 21 minutes and the city is convenient to several major cities. Both Raleigh and Fayetteville are 37 miles away.
The cost of living in Sanford is lower than many places. It is about 90 percent of the national average. Housing costs are especially low. They are just 67 percent of the national average. The median home price is $114,000, and the median income is $40,805 per year.
Sanford, NC Job Opportunities
Most of the work in Sanford, NC falls into one of two categories: manufacturing or education. In manufacturing, Sanford, NC is home to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, Static Control Component, Coty llc and Caterpillar Inc. Together, these companies employ roughly 3,000 workers. In education, Sanford, NC has Lee County Schools, which employs over 1,000 people, as well as Amisub of North Carolina and Central Carolina Community College, which employs over 1,000 people between the two. Some popular industries include healthcare, trade, transportation, utilities and professional or business services. Other top employers in the area include General Shale, Lee Brick & Tile, Wyeth Vaccines, 3M and Moen.
Sanford, NC Employment Trends
The unemployment rate in Sanford, NC is 7.6 percent, compared to the national unemployment rate of 5.3 percent. Economic development efforts are underway. Before the recession hit, jobs in Sanford, NC were set to expand at a faster pace than the rest of the country, but those efforts were derailed while the economy was weak and many people lost their jobs. Local government is working to get those jobs back. Sanford, NC is back to where it was before the recession and growing.