The Triangle J region extends across a seven-county region through Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Wake and Johnston counties (from West to East). The region is home to the infamous Research Triangle Park, one of the earliest founded research parks in the country, which sits nestled between the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State Unversity. The creation of RTP led to a period of rapid population growth that has only increased in recent decades.
From July 2010 to July 2018, the seven counties' population increased from 1,692,296 to 1,910,028 people, an increase of 13%. This number is projected to increase to 2,601,210 people by July 2030.
Our region also saw a 20% increase in the sale of new homes during 2018, and a 1.6% decrease in the unemployment rate. These numbers are impressive and they display the qualities of our region that put us at the top of national lists ranking job markets, quality of candidates, regions for business, and much more.
However, these statistics do not display the complications accompanying this change.
Roughly 13% of our regional residents remain below the poverty line. The median sales price of all homes 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. Commuting patterns and a regional workforce spanning from Chatham to Johnston and Granville to Harnett causes increasing highway gridlock and reduces the quality of life for the roughly 26%, 233,894, of residents who cross county lines to go to work.
Thinking differently about transportation, housing, or economic opportunity is hard, especially when boundaries of all types – county, municipal, NCDOT region, watershed – separate our communities from one another. TJCOG works to overcome these boundaries and assist our local governments to address the challenges and build upon strengths to ensure residents can live, work, and play in our communities.