An Interactive Guide to Setting up a small business in: Person County, Caswell County, and throughout North Carolina
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About Person County, North Carolina

Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of the Central Piedmont, Person County rests within a one-hour drive of two large and growing metropolitan areas: the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) and the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point). A major international airport, Raleigh-Durham International, and North Carolina's "high-tech" industrial center, Research Triangle Park (RTP), are also only minutes from the heart of Person County.

Person County's conveniently situated Piedmont Community College, provides training for the high-tech, in-demand jobs of the 21st century and makes the College an integral factor in the economic development the the counties it serves as well as the state. Additionally, the RTP area offers a number of nationally-renowned universities, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Duke University.

Person County Courthouse
Person County Courthouse
Person County Business & Industrial Center
Person County Business & Industrial Center

Piedmont Community College
Piedmont Community College
Roxboro Campus
Roxboro Town Hall Roxboro Town Hall

Historic Uptown Roxboro
Historic Uptown Roxboro

  • County Seat:
    Roxboro, NC

  • Population:
    July 2005 37,344

  • Population:
    2000 Census 35,623

  • Population:
    1990 Census 30,180

  • Percent population change: 1990-2000 18.0

  • Percent population change
    in NC
    : 1990-2000 21.4

  • Size: 400 square miles
    (28th in country)
  • Location:
    Within an hour's drive of the Research Triangle Park and within 2 hour's drive of Greensboro

  • Employment:
    August 2005 17,662

  • Percent unemployed:
    August 2005 6.4

  • Property tax rate:

  • Specialized workforce training programs

  • A population of over 2 million within 60 miles
Click on these links below for more demographic information:

NC State Department of Commerce County Profile

U.S. Census Quick Facts

Detailed U.S. Census Data


Century Link
Alltel Telecommunications
U. S. Cellular Telecommunications

Geography - Climate
Located within the Piedmont province in north central North Carolina, Person County lies on rolling land that lends itself naturally to beauty. Elevation above sea level ranges from a high of 800 feet in several locations to a low of about 320 feet. The general slope of the land faces northeastward, the dividing ridge beginning in the extreme southwestern corner extending northeastward to Roxboro, and then eastward to the Granville County line.

Person County headwaters the Neuse, Roanoke and the Tar-Pamlico River Basins. The mean annual temperature is 56.9 degrees F and the annual rainfall is 46.63 inches.

The county is bordered to the north by the State of Virginia, to the east by Granville County, to the south by Durham and Orange Counties, and to the west by Caswell County. Roxboro is the county seat and the only incorporated area in Person County. The City of Roxboro is located thirty (30) miles north of Durham and fifty-five (55) miles northeast of Raleigh.· North Carolina has two modern, deep water ports located in Wilmington and Morehead City.

Airports and Air Cargo
RDU Airport
RDU Airport

Two major airports are within 45-60- minutes driving time from Caswell County, Raleigh-Durham International to the south on I-40 and to the west, Piedmont Triad International on I-85 in Greensborough, NC. Person County Airport is a modern facility located just south of Roxboro in Person County.

Progress Energy Piedmont Electric Membership Corp. PSNC Energy

Solid Waste Disposal
Upper Piedmont Environmental

High tech industries are primarily located in Research Triangle Park, an important scientific think tank located between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. With the resources and people available at North Carolina State University , Duke University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, the park has become an international center for research, development and cutting edge technology. Piedmont Community College, providse training for the high-tech, in-demand jobs of the 21st century and makes the College an integral factor in the economic development the the counties it serves as well as the state.

Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill are also major national centers for medical research and the latest in medical treatments. Because of its location along the East Coast and excellent highway system, North Carolina is also an important distribution center.

Labor Force

Person County's workforce offers diverse skills and is ready to take advantage of industrial training designed locally. Person County is an ideal place to find resources for your business to thrive. With the aid of our Piedmont Community College and other local higher educational facilities, residents have already developed expertise in various facets of business organizational needs

For more information on Piedmont Community College, go to

For more information about Person County and it's County Seat of Roxboro, click the images below.

Person County Economic Development Link
Person County Government Link
Roxboro City Government Link
Roxboro area Chanmer of Commerce Link

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