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Cornelius, North Carolina
—  Town  —

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
 - Total 8.7 sq mi (22.6 km2)
 - Land 8.5 sq mi (21.9 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 804 ft (245 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 11,969
 Density 1,415.5/sq mi (546.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28031
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-14700[1]
GNIS feature ID 0983573[2]

Cornelius is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 11,969 at the 2000 census.



Cornelius is located at 35°28′44″N 80°53′04″W / 35.478954°N 80.884532°W / 35.478954; -80.884532 (35.478954, -80.884532).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.7 square miles (22.6 km2), of which, 8.5 square miles (21.9 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 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.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,969 people, 5,113 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/sq mi (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 a 2007 estimate,[4] the median income for a household in the town was $76,520, and the median income for a family was $97,469. Males had a median income of $60,514 versus $39,489 for females. The per capita income for the town was $45,023. About 3.6% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Schools and libraries

The Cornelius branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

School system

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.

Private schools

  • Lake Norman Christian School
  • Grace Covenant Academy
  • New Beginnings Christian Academy
  • Phoenix Montessori Academy
  • Cannon School, located in nearby Concord, serves Cornelius families
  • St Mark's Grammar School, located in nearby Huntersville, serves Cornelius families


Cornelius is served by a branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.[5] 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′50.688″W / 35.4832889°N 80.86408°W / 35.4832889; -80.86408


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Corneliis branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County". Retrieved 2008-10-25. 

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