great places to live and work
A thriving "micropolitan" rooted in business, industry ... and the arts. Pleasant small-town living within the Research Triangle Region, home to about 2.1 million people. Quality, innovative schools. Close proximity to urban centers including Raleigh, the state capital.
Lee County offers a wide range of living options and an attractive quality of life.
:: Sanford, Broadway & Beyond
With about 30,000 residents, Sanford is Lee County's largest community and the seat of government. The city is a destination for those seeking an increasingly-vibrant arts scene, professional theatre, galleries featuring the work of talented local artists and the Sanford Arts and Vines Festival.
Relaxed, small-town living is the primary attraction for the 1,300 residents of Broadway, and many other communities, including well-known Pinehurst and Cary, are easily accessible, not far beyond the county lines.
An educated workforce is critical to the future of any business, and Lee County has stepped forward with innovative options.
Lee Early College offers high school students a diploma and college associate degree in five years for free, and two public high schools provide career-oriented Huskins courses along with a full range of academic programs. Lee Christian and Grace Christian schools add to the diverse educational choices.
With its main campus in Sanford, Central Carolina Community College offers a wide array of two-year academic degrees, certificates and individual courses for more than 12,000 students enrolled in curriculum and continuing education programs. Offerings include custom-designed business and industrial training, much of it provided free of charge to companies.
The region also is blessed with exceptional universities, some of them among the world's best. Within about an hour's drive of Sanford are The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Campbell University and Fayetteville State University.
:: Real Estate
Whether you need to secure office space, find housing for company executives or build a full-scale industrial facility, help is just a phone call away. Lee County enjoys a wealth of real estate professionals ready to handle any request. More local business leaders are using area contractors, even for the largest jobs, giving themselves direct and open access to firm owners and an exceptionally quick response to any need. For more information, contact the Sanford Area Association of Realtors.