East Coast “Main Street”
The I-95 Corridor is the Main Street of the East Coast, and Fayetteville and Cumberland County are right in the middle. That places our region’s businesses within an eight-hour drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population—including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Charleston, Atlanta, and New Orleans—and close to the East Coast’s largest ports. In fact, the Ports of Wilmington, Morehead City, and Charleston are just hours away by truck. Closer to home, we’re a quick drive from all the educational and innovation resources of Raleigh and the Research Triangle.
FAY Regional Airport is a 10-minute drive from Downtown Fayetteville. It has connections through Atlanta, Dallas, and Charlotte on American, Delta, and private charter services, and a 7,709-foot runway that accommodates even larger business and cargo jet traffic. RDU International Airport is located 1 hour and 10 min. away from Downtown Fayetteville and has 400 daily domestic and international arrivals/departures.
Rail & Ports
Local rail services include CSX Class I rail and short line services from R.J. Corman from the Aberdeen & Rockfish R.R. Co.
The Deep-Water Port of Wilmington, NC is under 2 hours from Downtown Fayetteville, offering a 600,000 TEU Capacity Terminal, 6 container cranes, and almost 1 million sq. ft. of prime covered and sprinklered storage. Morehead City Port and Virginia’s Norfolk/Newport are both within a 3.5-hour drive.
A large portion of Fort Liberty, the world’s largest military installation by population, is in Cumberland County. This makes Fayetteville and Cumberland County an ideal location for defense contractors to conduct business. It gives industry direct access to the client and connects them with the innovative tools and resources needed for success.
Cost of Living
Fayetteville and Cumberland County’s low cost of living contribute greatly to the quality of life and success of business here. The county’s median household income is $54,528, according to the most recent census data. Home prices increased 16% in 2022, but still remain well below the national average. Even with the continuous incoming and outgoing of our military population, almost 25% more households in the area are owner-occupied as opposed to rented.