The I-85 Corridor is a multi-state region that follows I-85 across the Southeastern United States. Interstate 85 (I-85 is an Interstate highway in the southeastern United States. The US Southeast is the eastern portion of the Southern United States, but the Census Bureau does not provide a standard definition of a "Southeast" region It stretches from Montgomery, Alabama to Petersburg, Virginia. Montgomery (məntˈgəmɜriː is the Capital, second most populous city and the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the Southern U Petersburg is an Independent city in Virginia, United States located on the Appomattox River. Principal metropolitan areas include Metro Atlanta; Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (also known as The Upstate); the Charlotte metropolitan area; the North Carolina Triad (which includes Winston-Salem, High Point and Greensboro); and the Research Triangle (which includes Raleigh and Durham). The Charlotte metropolitan area (also Metrolina, Metro Charlotte, or Charlotte USA) is a Metropolitan area / Region of North The Piedmont Triad, Triad, or North Carolina Triad is a region of the U Winston-Salem is a city in the US state of North Carolina. As of the 2000 census the city population was 185776 in 2004 the city annexed an additional 17483 High Point is a city located in the Piedmont Triad (The 30th largest metro area in the United States with a population of 1 Raleigh (pronounced rah-lee) is the Capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County, USA Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County
The area has been identified as a developing megalopolis or "megapolitan area". A megalopolis (or megapolis) is defined as an extensive Metropolitan area or a long chain of roughly continuous metropolitan areas A Megapolitan Area is a clustered network of American cities whose population exceeds or will exceed 10 million by the In particular, the metro areas of the Triangle, Triad, Charlotte (together as the Piedmont Crescent), Greenville-Spartanburg and Atlanta are growing toward each other. The Piedmont Crescent is a large urbanized region in the US state of North Carolina that forms the northern section of the rapidly developing I-85 Corridor The area also appears to be growing toward the BosWash megalopolis by way of two corridors through Virginia; indeed, both Petersburg and its twin city, Richmond, are considered part of BosWash. Northeastern_United_States#The_Northeast_as_a_megalopolis BosWash (also referred to as BoWash, BosNYwash, the Northeast Corridor, the The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state This article is about the city of Richmond the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is also growing toward a developing megalopolis centered on Atlanta, stretching from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham (ˈbɝmɪŋhæm is the largest City in the US state of Alabama and is the County seat of Jefferson County.
Specific major cities include:
Various other interstates have junctions with Interstate 85: I-95, I-40, I-73, I-74, I-77, I-26, I-75, I-20 and I-65. Anderson is a city in and the County seat of Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. Auburn is a city in Lee County, Alabama, United States. It is the largest city in eastern Alabama with a 2007 population of 54348 Burlington is a city in Alamance and Guilford counties in the U Concord (kän-kord is a city in the US state of North Carolina. Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County Gastonia is a city in North Carolina, United States. It is the County seat of Gaston County. Greenville is a mid-sized city located in the upstate of South Carolina. High Point is a city located in the Piedmont Triad (The 30th largest metro area in the United States with a population of 1 Kannapolis is a city in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, and Rowan counties in the U Montgomery (məntˈgəmɜriː is the Capital, second most populous city and the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the Southern U Petersburg is an Independent city in Virginia, United States located on the Appomattox River. Spartanburg is the largest city in and the County seat of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United In the Commonwealth of Virginia, Interstate 95 runs through the state Interstate 40 (I-40 is a major west-east Interstate highway in the United States Interstate 73 (abbreviated I-73) is a main route of the Interstate Highway System, currently located entirely within the U Interstate 74 (abbreviated I-74) is an Interstate highway in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an Interstate highway in the eastern United States. Interstate 26 (I-26 is a nominally east-west (but physically more north-south main route of the Interstate Highway System in the Southeastern United States. Interstate 75 (I-75 is a major north-south Interstate Highway in the midwest and southeastern United States. Interstate 65 (I-65 is a major Interstate Highway in the United States. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world and Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is among the top 30. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a public International airport located in Charlotte North Carolina. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Richmond International Airport also serve the region. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, also known as GSP International Airport or Roger Milliken Field, is a public Airport located in Piedmont Triad International Airport (commonly referred to as "PTIA" or just "PTI" is an airport just west of Greensboro, serving Greensboro Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located nine miles (14 Richmond International Airport is a public Airport located in Sandston, Virginia, an Unincorporated community It is also important to note that there are currently feasibility studies in the works to extend Interstate 85 from Montgomery to I-20/59 at Meridian, Mississippi. Montgomery (məntˈgəmɜriː is the Capital, second most populous city and the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the Southern U Meridian is a city in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, United States. This would carry the interstate through Alabama's deeply impoverished "Black Belt" and is viewed as an opportunity to bring commerce to the region.
The corridor is located in the Piedmont region between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Piedmont is a plateau region located in the eastern United States between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the main Appalachian Mountains, stretching The Blue Ridge, or Blue Ridge Mountains, is a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian division The Atlantic Coastal Plain is the flat stretch of land that borders the Atlantic Ocean (including the Gulf of Mexico) The Atlantic Ocean lies between two and four hours' drive to the southeast of the region.
The region boasts a diverse economy - traditions of manufacturing and transportation have grown to include technology, biotech and finance. Atlanta is a regional cultural and business mecca, Charlotte has emerged as the second largest banking center in the U. S. and is home to University Research Park (7th largest research park in the country), The Triangle (North Carolina) is home to Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the country, and both The Upstate and Piedmont Triad remain important national manufacturing hubs. University City (sometimes University Area or U-City) is an Edge city mostly within the City limits of Charlotte Research Triangle Park ( RTP) is the largest Research park in the United States The Piedmont Triad, Triad, or North Carolina Triad is a region of the U The Piedmont Triad Research Park is found just off Future I-285 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP located in Downtown Winston Salem is a highly interactive master-planned innovation community developed to support Life Interstate 285 (I-285 in North Carolina is a newly designated interstate route running 23 miles (37 km from Lexington NC ( Interstate 85: Exit 87 Winston-Salem is a city in the US state of North Carolina. As of the 2000 census the city population was 185776 in 2004 the city annexed an additional 17483
The area is home to several colleges and universities, including: