Eastland (Charlotte neighborhood)

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Logo from the former Eastland Mall
Logo from the former Eastland Mall
Nickname(s): Eastland-Wilora Lake or Wilora Lake
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Mecklenburg County, North Carolina seal.png Mecklenburg
City Charlotteflag.png Charlotte
Council District 5
Neighborhood Profile Areas 127, 167, 197
 • City Council John Autry[1] (D)
 • Total 967 acres (391 ha)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 5,781
 • Density 3,800/sq mi (1,500/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 28205, 28212
Area code(s) 704, 980
Quality of Life Dashboard

Eastland (also known as Eastland-Wilora Lake or Wilora Lake)[4][5] is a neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The area is named after the former eponymous mall, that was demolished in the 2014.[6] Eastland is almost seven and a half miles from Uptown, Charlotte.[7]


As of 2010, Eastland had a population of 5781. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 48.1% Black or African American, 24.6% White American, 3.4% Asian American, and 18.8% of some other race. Hispanic or Latino American of any race were 29.6% of the population. The median household income for the area was $35,771.[8]

Transportation infrastructure[edit]

Mass transit[edit]

The following buses from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) serve Eastland:[9]

  • #9 (Central Avenue)
  • #29 (UNCC/Southpark)
  • #221 (E. Harris & Idlewild Rd)
  • #222 (Pence Road)
  • #232 (Grier Heights)

Eastland serves as a transit hub with the Eastland Community Transit Center, located in the same lot as the former Eastland Mall. [10] Additionally, the site serves as a future terminus for the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar, linking the future redevelopment of the previous site of the Eastland Mall with Uptown Charlotte. [11]


The major thoroughfares in Eastland are Central Avenue and North Sharon Amity. It is also in close proximity to Independence Boulevard, giving direct access to Uptown Charlotte, Matthews, and Monroe. [4]


Eastland is bordered by the Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway to the north, traveling between Charlotte to Aberdeen, North Carolina and Gulf, North Carolina.[12]

Education and libraries[edit]

School systems[edit]

Residents of Eastland attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including Windsor Park Elementary, Eastway Middle School, and Garinger High School.[13] A new Charter School opened in Eastland, occupying the building that was once an Hannaford. [14] The school would later close in January 2015, citing financial difficulties. [15]


Although there is no library branch located within the boundaries of Eastland, it is however served by the Independence Regional and Hickory Grove branches of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, in the nearby neighborhoods of East Forest and Hickory Ridge, respectively.[16]


  1. ^ "John Autry, District 5 Representative". City of Charlotte. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Neighborhood Profile Area (in acres)". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Neighborhood Profile Population". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Eastland-Wilora Lake". Google Maps. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wilora Lake". City-Data. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Eastland Mall demolition begins". Charlotte Observer. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Charlotte, NC to Eastland-Wilora Lake". Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Quality of Life Dashboard". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "System Map" (PDF). Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Transits Centers: Eastland Community Transit Center". Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "CityLYNX Gold Line". Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "ACW Railway". Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 2013-14 Elementary, Middle, and High Schools" (PDF). Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Entrepreneur High School". Entrepreneur High School. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Troubled Entrepreneur High charter school closing its doors". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Library Locations Map". Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°12′47″N 80°46′05″W / 35.213°N 80.768°W / 35.213; -80.768