Location

Rowan County is situated in the vastly growing Piedmont region of North Carolina. We are lucky to be positioned along Interstate 85. With a strategic location between the exploding Charlotte metro and the dynamic Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point markets, Rowan County can meet all of your transportation needs.

Our state is within a 700-mile radius of more than 150 million U.S. and Canadian consumers.

We can offer you quick access to two international airports. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is approximately 45 miles away and the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro is approximately 55 miles away.

Rowan County offers a premier location for warehouses, manufacturing and distribution facilities. This is because the largest consolidated rail system in the country is centered in our region. We are also home to over 45 freight companies.

Climate
The climate in the Salisbury area is moderate. The massive mountains of Western North Carolina form a natural barrier against the cold east-west winds. While definitely "southern" in climate, Salisbury is far enough north and has sufficient altitude to escape the extreme humid summers endured by many other southern regions. Extremes in climate are rare and short-lived. In winter the high temperature averages about 50F with a low around 32F. The total snowfall is normally about six inches a year. Summer highs average about 87F with a low or 66F. All-in-all, the climate of Salisbury affords many pleasant days of enjoyable living.

Transportation
Rowan County has a vast array of options to suite your every transportation need. We can provide you with access to three major international airports, 13 regional airports, and three modern, deep-water ports. You can have same-day highway access to all Eastern U.S. markets. And if that was not enough, Rowan County is the center of a 3,600 mile East Coast rail network.

Airports:
Flying is made easy in Rowan County. We have quick and easy access to three major international airports. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is approximately 45 miles away, the Triad International Airport in Greensboro is approximately 55 miles away, and the Raleigh Durham International Airport is roughly 116 miles away. There are even 13 regional airports in and around Rowan County.

Deep Water Ports:
North Carolina's Ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad in Greensboro, line the State's consumer, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new businesses and industry.  The proposed NC International Terminal in Brunswick County and Port expansion projects in Morehead City and Wilmington will make North Carolina a key player in international trade.  These ports serve as a viable mid-Atlantic gateway for high value container shipment, forest products and steel/agribusiness exports.

In South Carolina, the Port of Charleston is committed to being the most productive port in North America. Through dedication and service, this port will move your cargo through their port facilities as quickly and efficiently as possible. They strive to provide industry-leading productivity that produces bottom-line benefits for their customers.

Rail Service:
Because rail access is vital to many prospective industries, the NCDOT began the rail industrial access program to help ensure that companies have the railroad tracks needed to transport freight and materials. The program uses state funds to construct or refurbish tracks required by a new or expanded industry to encourage economic development. Funding for the projects is contingent upon private and local sources providing matching funds. In addition, if you are looking for an alternative means of transportation, Amtrack also makes scheduled stops in Rowan County.

Highway:
By traveling on Interstates I-40, I-77, and I-85, you will have same-day highway access to all Eastern U.S. markets. I-40 is an important Interstate in North Carolina, entering from Tennessee in Haywood County stretching 420 miles to just north of Wilmington. Providing six to eight lanes in most of the congested areas, I-40's flow of traffic is able to move much faster. The well-traveled I-40 is a key link to other major Interstates like I-85 and I-40.

I-77 is a well-traveled interstate, entering through Mecklenburg County from South Carolina and continuing into Virginia at the foot of Fancy Gap Mountain. Along that stretch I-77 connects with many popular interchanges and Interstates such as I-85 and I-40.

I-85 is a popular Interstate in North Carolina, enabling you to travel south all the way to Montgomery, Alabama or north to Petersburg, Virginia. I-85 provides travelers with six to eight lanes of travel and connects you to the other two most popular Interstates in North Carolina.