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Cornelius is located along Lake Norman in northern Mecklenburg County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15 square miles. 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. 
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Cornelius experienced tremendous growth from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau stated the population was 11,969. According to the 2010 decennial census, the population grew to 24,866.

The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) estimated Cornelius’ population at 24,984 as of July 1, 2010. The State Demographics branch of OSBM is responsible for producing population estimates and projections annually, which are used in the distribution of state shared revenues to local governments.

Lake Norman
Lake Norman was created in 1963, by damming the Catawba River. Lake Norman has approximately 520 miles of shoreline, with Cornelius having the largest amount of shoreline of all the municipalities on the lake (approximately 70 miles). 
​(Source: U.S. Census Bureau - American Fact Finder)

2010 Census Statistics
Under 20: 24.5%
Under 35: 45.2%
Under 40: 54.3%
Over 60: 15.8%

Males: 12,181 49%
Females: 12,685 51%
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau - American Fact Finder)

Town Median Income
2001 $55,902
2002 $64,831
2003 $65,278
2004 $64,002
2005 $64,647
2006 $64,895
2007 $64,061
2008 $61,918
2009 $62,469
2010 $83,789
(Source: Claritas Market Statistics for 2010)

Principal Employers
# of Employees Employer
  406 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  310 YMCA
  240 Michael Waltrip Racing Inc.
  150 Home Depot
  150 Peninsula Club
  120 Lowes Foods
  107 Town of Cornelius
  100 Harris Teeter
  90 Financial Independence Group
  90 FXI
(Source: Charlotte Chamber of Commerce for 2011) 

As of the 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.
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)