Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) is as a resource and support hub for local governments, community members, and partners across Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, and Wake counties. Our work is rooted in the belief that our region thrives when when come together with a common vision and plan for the future. We advance this goal through the support of regional policy, collaboration, and technical assistance.

An Extension of Our Local Government Members

Originally created by the State of North Carolina in 1969, TJCOG is a local government by law and a member-driven resource hub for local governments in the Triangle. The success of our work is due to the support and engagement of our member governments for existence, value, and relevance. As the needs of our members change, the services provided by TJCOG also change. 

Who are our members?

Why Regional Government?

The challenges and opportunities faced by the local governments in the TJCOG region are often not unique to one community. Access to jobs and transit, changes in population and development, and a growing number of older adults are only a few of the many issues that rely on a "birds-eye view", a systemic perspective that ensures equity, accessibility, and a great quality of life for every resident in our region. 

Learn more about the Councils of Government (COG) system that exists across North Carolina.

TJCOG Region Fast Facts 


  • From 1970 to 2016, the region’s population grew over 250%—compared to a national average of less than 60%—and growth is projected to continue at this rate.
  • From July 2010 to July 2018, the region's population increased 13%, from 1,692,296 to 1,910,028 people. This number is projected to increase to 2,601,210 people by July 2030.  
  • In 2018, the region gained 5,559 new jobs and $737.4M of investments, the unemployment rate decreased by 1.6%, and almost 40% of residents held a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Roughly 13% of residents remain below the poverty line.
  • The median sales price of all homes ($211,086 in 2017) has increased by 33.2% since 2015 and 28% of residents are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing.
  • Roughly 26% of residents, 233,894 people, cross county lines when commuting to their primary job.