North Carolina - Average Distance to Nearest Airport

This page presents statistics and a map.
See information on how and why they were computed.

24.28 mi. = mean distance of a person to his or her nearest major airport
Percent of population within a given distance of a major airport:
PercentileDistance (mi.)
10th percentile6.70
25th percentile11.22
50th percentile (median)20.95
75th percentile35.23
90th percentile47.37
Max85.60



This map displays the major airports in and around North Carolina. It shows how the state can divided according to which airport is the closest as the crow flies.

The flags are a sample of 500 census tracts (of 2,175 tracts total) within the state.

On the above map, some census tract flags may look like they are colored for one airport's region but are actually in another airport's region. The census tract flags are colored with which airport they are closest to as the crow flies along the surface of the earth (the Haversine distance formula). The region boundaries that are displayed on map were computed assuming assuming the earth is flat. (The lines that divide regions are a Voronoi diagram, and I couldn't find any algorithm that calculate the lines on a sphere such as the earth.) In short, although a few census tracts may look like they're mislabeled near a boundary, it's actually the boundary that is slightly wrong.

9,535,483 = total population of North Carolina
Table of most useful airports: (i.e., the airports that are the closest major airport for the most people)
Airport Code Number of People for whom this is their closest airport
Charlotte/Douglas International AirportCLT2,364,754
Raleigh-Durham International AirportRDU2,083,795
Piedmont Triad International AirportGSO1,683,837
Fayetteville Regional Airport (Grannis Field)FAY900,553
Asheville Regional AirportAVL678,735
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (was Craven Co. Regional)EWN520,064
Albert J. Ellis AirportOAJ423,113
Wilmington International AirportILM347,543
Norfolk International AirportORF175,506
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA)TRI134,040
McGhee Tyson AirportTYS64,963
Myrtle Beach International AirportMYR64,154
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (Roger Milliken Field)GSP56,271
Newport News/Williamsburg International AirportPHF23,658
Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field)RIC14,497

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