Cornelius, North Carolina

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Cornelius, North Carolina
The Cornelius branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
The Cornelius branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
Official seal of Cornelius, North Carolina
Location of Cornelius, North Carolina
Location of Cornelius, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°28′44″N 80°53′4″W / 35.47889°N 80.88444°W / 35.47889; -80.88444Coordinates: 35°28′44″N 80°53′4″W / 35.47889°N 80.88444°W / 35.47889; -80.88444
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Mecklenburg
 • Mayor Woodrow Washam
 • Chief of Police Bence Hoyle
 • Total 12.1 sq mi (31.28 km2)
 • Land 11.78 sq mi (30.5 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.78 km2)
Elevation 804 ft (245 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 24,866
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 28,515
 • Density 2,100/sq mi (790/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code 28031
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-14700[2]
GNIS feature ID 0983573[3]

Cornelius is a lakeside town located along Lake Norman in northern Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 24,866 at the 2010 census. Cornelius was founded in 1804 by General Charles "Corndog" Cornwallis when he built a corn plantation on the plot of land where the town hall now stands.


Potts Plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[4]


Cornelius is located along Lake Norman in northern Mecklenburg County. The town is approximately located at 35°28′44″N 80°53′04″W / 35.478954°N 80.884532°W / 35.478954; -80.884532 (35.478954, −80.884532).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31 km2), of which, 11.8 square miles (31 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (3.20%) is water. Cornelius is one of three towns in Mecklenburg county north of Charlotte. Along with its sister towns - Davidson and Huntersville - Cornelius serves as a suburb to Charlotte, NC.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201628,515[1]14.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of 2011, there were 23,000 households, and 3,374 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,415.5 people per square mile (546.2/km2). There were 5,716 housing units at an average density of 676.0 per square mile (260.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.65% White, 5.62% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.79% of the population.

There were 5,113 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 36.7% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males.

According to Claritas Market Statistics,[7] the median household income in 2010 was $83,789.

Schools and libraries[edit]

School system[edit]

The citizens of Cornelius, NC, attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Elementary schools include Cornelius Elementary and JV Washam Elementary. Middle schools include the Bailey Middle School. William Amos Hough High School opened in August 2012 and currently serves over 2000 students.

Private schools[edit]


Cornelius is served by a branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.[8] The library is located in the heart of Cornelius, on Catawba Avenue just east of exit 28 on I-77. 35°28′59.84″N 80°51′50.68″W / 35.4832889°N 80.8640778°W / 35.4832889; -80.8640778

Notable People[edit]

Luke Gaye- UNC Chapel Hill Basketball Player

Reggie White- Former NFL superstar defensive linemen stud and VFL/ Tennessee Volunteer alum. Formerly lived there before his death


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Demographics". Town Of Cornelius. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Corneliis branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County". Retrieved 2008-10-25. 

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