Orange County Economic Development


Orange County is situated at the prime location, midway between major East Coast cities, and at the juncture of both the primary north/south interstate (I-85) and east/west interstate (I-40). Over 12 million residents are located within 150 miles of Orange County.

Distance from Orange County to Major Cities

Atlanta, GA – 328 miles
Baltimore, MD – 384 miles
Boston, MA – 781 miles
Charleston, SC – 295 miles
Chicago, IL – 679 miles
Cleveland, OH – 436 miles
Detroit, MI – 590 miles
Jacksonville, FL – 470 miles
Memphis, TN – 630 miles
New York, NY – 565 miles
Norfolk, VA – 305 miles
Philadelphia, PA – 484 miles
Washington, DC – 351 miles

Public Transportation

Chapel Hill Transit offers free bus service throughout Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the University, including its hospitals. The Triangle Transit Authority provides daytime intercity service between Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. It also serves RDU Airport and the Research Triangle Park. Intrastate and national service is available from Carolina Trailways and Greyhound Bus Lines from nearby Raleigh and Durham.


Amtrak offers direct service to 56 cities from nearby Raleigh. The Silver Star provides daily service to Richmond, Washington, New York, Miami, and many points in between. The Carolinian travels daily between Charlotte and New York City, with stops in Raleigh, Richmond, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Piedmont makes daily trips between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Airline Services

RDU International Airport, Morrisville, NC – ½ hour

Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, NC – 1 hour

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC – 2½ hours

North Carolina Ports

Morehead City, NC – 3¼ hours
One of the deepest ports on the US East Coast, the Port of Morehead City is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  The port handles both breakbulk and bulk cargo and is the second largest importer in the country for natural rubber.

Wilmington, NC – 2¾ hours
The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast. Owned and operated by the North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk and breakbulk operations.