About the TJCOG Region

Across Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, and Wake counties, Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) serves as the regional government for almost two million people and works diligently on the wicked challenges that local governments collectively face. From coordinating disaster recovery and resource planning to creating plans for housing affordability and economic development, TJCOG takes pride in bringing together communities of all sizes to build the best version of our region. Created by the State of North Carolina in 1969, TJCOG acts as a supplemental arm of local government, helping to connect officials, community members, and resources. While TJCOG covers a wide umbrella of public sector concerns, it remains committed to improving the quality of life, accessibility, and equity of those that call one of the region’s seven counties home.

An Extension of Our Local Government Members

TJCOG is a local government by law and a member organization for our local governments. The success of our work relies on the support and engagement of these 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. Job access, transit modes, growing population, and aging residents are only a few of the many issues that rely on a birds-eye and systemic perspective to ensure equity, accessibility, and a great quality of life for every resident in our region. The Councils of Government (COG) system that exists across North Carolina streamlines the administration of services and funds from the federal and state governments to local municipalities, and tailors assistance to ensure strong regional economies and ecosystems.

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.