Davidson, North Carolina

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Davidson, North Carolina
Town of Davidson's Main Street
Motto: "College Town. Lake Town. Your Town."
Location of Davidson, North Carolina
Location of Davidson, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°29′28″N 80°49′58″W / 35.49111°N 80.83278°W / 35.49111; -80.83278Coordinates: 35°29′28″N 80°49′58″W / 35.49111°N 80.83278°W / 35.49111; -80.83278
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Mecklenburg
 • Total 5.1 sq mi (13.1 km2)
 • Land 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 840 ft (256 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,944
 • Density 2,233.5/sq mi (868.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28035-28036
Area code(s) 704 980
FIPS code 37-16400[1]
GNIS feature ID 1019914[2]
Website http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us

Davidson is a lakeside town on Lake Norman in northern Mecklenburg County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 10,944 at the 2010 census.[3] It is home to Davidson College. The town is centered on the college from which it takes its name.

The town was founded in 1837 with the establishment of the Presbyterian Davidson College, named for Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, a local Revolutionary War hero in Mecklenburg County. The land for Davidson College came from Davidson's estate, a large portion of which was donated by his son.


A view of Lake Norman in the spring.

Davidson is located along Lake Norman in the piedmont of North Carolina at 35°29′28″N 80°49′58″W / 35.49111°N 80.83278°W / 35.49111; -80.83278, approximately 20 miles north of Charlotte in northern Mecklenburg County.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.1 km²), of which, 4.9 square miles (12.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (3.95%) is water.


According to the 2010 census,[5] there are 10,944 people and 4,253 housing units in the town. The racial makeup of the town is 87.8% White, 6.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 3.8% Hispanic or Latino and 1.7% from two or more races.

There are approximately 2,429 family households out of which 34.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% are married couples living together, 7.3% have a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% have a male householder with no wife present, and 33.8% are non-families. 26.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.4 and the average family size is 3.11.

In the town the population is spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 14.9% from 20 to 29, 21.9% from 35 to 49, 16.2% from 50 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35.7 years. 47.5% of the population is male and 52.5% is female.

The median household income is $83,730, and the median income for a family was $124,045. Males who work full-time and year-round have a median income of $93,833 versus $56,178 for females. The per capita income for the town is $49,065. About 4.8% of families and 6.4% of the population are below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.


Chambers Building at Davidson College in Davidson, NC

Public Schools[edit]

The citizens of Davidson, NC attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Elementary schools include Davidson Elementary. Following the shutdown of Davidson IBMYP Middle school in 2011, there currently is no middle school located in Davidson; middle schoolers attend Bailey Middle School in the neighboring town of Cornelius. However, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have proposed expanding nearby Davidson Elementary to a K-8 school.

Private Schools[edit]

Davidson Public Library in Davidson, NC

Charter Schools[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Davidson is home to Davidson College, a highly selective liberal arts college located in the heart of town on Main Street. Davidson College has been ranked the 3rd most rigorous school in the United States, is consistently ranked in the top ten best liberal arts colleges in the country, and has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars.


Davidson is served by a branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.[6] The library is located on the Green in Davidson.

Notable residents[edit]

See also: List of notable Davidson College alumni

Notable former residents:

  • Thomas W. Ross, former president of Davidson College and current president of the University of North Carolina system
  • William Lee Davidson, a North Carolina militia general during the Revolutionary War and namesake of Davidson College and town
  • Tom Clark, former Davidson College professor and famous sculptor, known for his gnomes

Points of interest[edit]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

  • Fannie Mae Foundation Maxwell Award: to the Davidson Housing Coalition for the Bungalows (2001)[7]
  • North Carolina Housing Finance Agency Multi-Family Housing Award: for the Bungalows (2001)[8]
  • National Environmental Protection Agency Smart Growth Award for Overall Excellence in Town Planning and Design (2004)[9]
  • Exit 30 Master Plan - Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award for Smart Growth (2004)
  • Centralina Council of Government Sustainable Environment for Quality of Life: Best Practices Award for Davidson's Aging in Place Task Force (2006)[10]
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities Green Challenge: Level One Award (2008)[11]
  • Recognition as a National Historic District (2009) [12]
  • North Carolina Main Street Community (2009)[13]
  • Tree City USA (2010)[14]
  • Bike Friendly Community - Bronze (2010)[15]
  • Davidson Police Department - Accreditation by Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) (2011)[16]
  • Comprehensive Plan - North Carolina American Planning Association (NCAPA) Planning Award - Honorable Mention (2011)[17]
  • Affordable Housing - NCAPA Planning Award (2011)[18]
  • Circles at 30 - NCAPA Planning Award (2011)[19]
  • Fit Community - Bronze (2011-2014)[20]
  • Walk Friendly Community - Bronze (2011)[21]
  • Great Main Street Award, North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (2013)[22]
  • North Carolina Land Trust Government Conservation Partner of the Year Award (2014)[23]


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